The most challenging part of a kitchen improvement project is finding a good Strongsville bathroom remodeling contractor. To make sure you’re on your way to satisfying results, you need to do a little homework. So, below are six considerations to make when deciding to hire a contractor:
Decide what you want.
First and foremost, make a plan. Decide what you want to remodel and how. Having a plan isn’t only going to make it easier to get a correct estimate; comparing estimates from different companies will also be a breeze. If a contractor isn’t willing to work with your plans, you know you have to bring your business somewhere else.
Ask people for referrals.
Good Strongsville kitchen remodeling get lots of recommendations from past clients. Ask friends, family, colleagues and other acquaintances if they have worked with a contractor who’s been good. Internet reviews can come in handy too.
Read online reviews, but stick to consumer watchdog sites. Check out their social media profiles too, and especially read the comments.
Talk to references and check out BBB ratings.
When you talk to contractors, ask them for the official name of their registered business. Existing clients can tell you about their personal experiences, while subcontractors can provide red flags, such as driving down costs by using substandard materials.
The contractor’s official business name will help you search the Better Business Bureau for complaints that they may have experienced with clients before. The BBB can also let you check how well the issues were resolved.
By knowing their official name, you an also check their licenses and find out what local professional associations they are members of.
Ask for well-defined bids.
Once you’ve found a few good prospects, it’s time to make them submit bids. Meet with every kitchen remodeling contractor you’re considering and together discuss your plans. If you have any blueprints, show them. Tell them your budget limitations and be sure to ask for a full quote.
To best compare your quotes, ask all contractors to lay down the details of your labor and material costs, as well as all other expenses. In general, labor makes up 40% of your total costs, materials, another 40%, while the rest is considered for the profit margin of the contractor.
After receiving a bid that you are happy with, you can proceed with the negotiation process. Be sure that the details in the contract are complete and that you’re satisfied with it before you start the work. And lastly, don’t restrict yourself to just a single prospect. Two or three will give you enough space for useful comparisons.