Tips For Finding A Reliable Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

When my brother bought his first home he would call me at least once a week asking what mason, contractor, plumber or gardener he should hire. I would tell him that he has to be as picky about selecting a contractor as he would be about selecting a babysitter for his niece or nephew.

How do I choose the right contractor for my needs?  This is a question I am frequently asked. So I did a little online research to find a website that could help people like my brother.  The one that intrigued me the most was  Out of all the sites, it is the most informative and people friendly. They answer your question without beating around the bush.  They understand that finding a dependable contractor is not an easy task and they guide you from beginning to end on the do’s and don’ts on hiring the best contractor for your project.

There are steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of a deadbeat contractor. As interior designer Patricia Davis Brown explains, finding a dependable contractor takes work. The key to a smooth kitchen remodel is being educated, making design decisions ahead of time, and communicating effectively with your contractor.

 Know What You Want

Consult’s kitchen ideas, a design professional or other reliable sources to figure out what layout and styles you want for your kitchen.  Ask the contractor to provide feedback.  This will reduce costly change orders and associated delays.

Get Educated

Get multiple quotes to understand the time and money involved.  Check your contractor’s references and do online license checks.

Agree On A Game Plan and Finalize All Details

You should have everything in writing, including materials, costs, schedule, necessary permits, inspections, trash hauling and liability clauses. Don’t leave anything to chance.

There is no such thing as hassle-free renovation.  Discussing specifics and doing extra research on a contractor may seem time consuming but it will pay off in the long run.

For more information about home design, kitchen renovations and upgrades, follow @FaceYourKitchen on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. Terry Gilmore
    Dec 21, 2011 - 10:30 PM

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  2. Precious Leyva
    Apr 21, 2017 - 06:15 PM

    Before, I thought that people typically chose a kitchen remodel company based on similar style; I didn’t know that more went into the decision process. I know that if I hired a contractor, I would want someone who had experience in remodeling. A licensed professional is also important; that’s definitely something to look for.

  3. Rachel Lannister
    Jul 26, 2017 - 05:08 PM

    Thank you for the interesting read. I particularly like what you said about making sure you develop a plan before hiring the kitchen contractor and making sure all the details have been agreed on. This would probably help you know exactly what to expect during the work and leave both parties satisfied. I’ll have to relay this information to my mother has she has been wanting to upgrade her kitchen as it has been the same since the seventies and is very outdated.

  4. Ashley Turns
    Aug 18, 2017 - 11:01 PM

    I like how you mention that you should have an idea of the kind layout or styles you want for your kitchen so you can ask your potential contractors for feedback. My sister is looking to redo some of her house and wants to hire kitchen remodeling services to help her. So I’ll be sure she has some idea about what she wants so that she can avoid delays.

  5. Ashley Turns
    Sep 08, 2017 - 06:59 PM

    I like your advice to make sure that everything we discuss with our contractor is in writing so that there can be no confusion. My husband and I are planning on starting a kitchen remodel soon and we want to make sure we have a great relationship with our contractor. So I’ll be sure that we have everything from the permits to the trash hauling written in a contract before we get started on our kitchen remodel.

  6. Frank Delaware
    Sep 15, 2017 - 02:50 PM

    Thank you for all this great information about choosing a kitchen remodeling service. One thing that I really like is that you say to get multiple quotes to understand the time it will take. I know that I would be curious just to see how long we will have until our new kitchen is done.

  7. Owen Blake
    Oct 23, 2017 - 08:23 AM

    If You decided to do home renovation then it is not an easy task to do yourself the remodeling of kitchen. If you hire a good contractor then they can suggest you best method so that you kitchen’s beauty can increase. But before finding a good contractor you should ask for your friend and relatives and they can suggest you best contractor. Check their qualification detail and also verify their references. Also check their licenses and their past history. To check whether they are trustworthy or not you should ask some important question.

  8. Adina Taylor
    Oct 31, 2017 - 07:29 AM

    The most important part of remodeling plan is to decide how much you want to spend. But before that you need seek out the remodeling contractors who will help you to make your vision a reality. As your posted blog, provide some important tips for finding the expert kitchen remodeling contractor without wasting the valuable time. With your clear budget, you will come up with a number of remodels from the remodeling contractors. Usually remodeling a project are mostly defined as a customer base.

  9. Jordan
    Nov 23, 2017 - 01:45 AM

    I’ve been looking for a good kitchen design option, and I think that being able to know what to look for would be good. I’m glad you talked about being able to get a good contractor and how important it is to do so. I’m going to have to look for a good kitchen design contractor and figure out who would best help us!

  10. Kyle Wayne
    Feb 14, 2018 - 05:41 PM

    I love that you talked about consulting with a professional to figure out what kind of layout and style you want. My mom is looking to get some kitchen remodeling done and wants to hire a reliable professional. I’ll be sure to talk to her about talking it over with a professional to get exactly what she wants.

  11. Elsa Anderson
    Apr 19, 2018 - 10:23 AM

    Thank you for sharing some tips in finding a kitchen remodeling contractor. You made a good point about you and the contractor agreeing on a plan that is written down on paper covering the design, costs, permits, and the like. In that way, both you and the remodeling contractor have basis in the setting of plans that are visible to all. I’ll take this into consideration as soon as I figure when I am planning to remodel my home.

  12. Rosie Beckett
    Jul 19, 2018 - 02:32 PM

    I have always wanted an island in my kitchen and a large open space between the kitchen and the dining room. We are planning to renovate the kitchen this summer so that I can have my dream kitchen, so we need to make sure that we find a reliable contractor to do the remodeling. It is interesting that you say to get multiple quotes from different contractors so that you can compare their prices and services. I think that finding a reasonable price and great customer service are the most important things to me!

  13. Suhana Morgan
    Jul 25, 2018 - 07:57 AM

    I am pleased to read your post. Recently I finished my kitchen remodeling and I pretty much happier about my contract. He nicely has done my kitchen remodeling. It’s really true that a reliable kitchen remodeling is very much depended on a good contractor.

  14. Morata
    Aug 27, 2018 - 10:33 AM

    Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your home’s value, it can give you additional storage and work space. Remodeling your kitchen is no small task and there are many important considerations, but the end result is worth the commitment especially if you make wise choices along the way. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to give your home a face lift.

  15. Penelope Smith
    Oct 30, 2018 - 07:47 PM

    I have been wanting to get my kitchen renovated this upcoming spring. So, I liked your suggestion about getting educated by getting several detailed quotes. That does seem like it would help me understand what goes into getting a new kitchen and where I can save money on the project.

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