Hiring a kitchen contractor can be an intimidating task. Sometimes, it seems as if we are spoilt for choices and there is no easy decision to make. When deciding to remodel one’s kitchen, a lot of things have to be taken into consideration in order to ensure that the project is a success.
Below we discuss few handful tips to keep in mind when hiring a remodeling contractor for one’s kitchen.
Assembling a list of contractors is the first step towards choosing a remodeling partner for your project. The best way to find the ideal installers and professionals in your locality for the job is through word of mouth referrals from friends and family. You can also build your list from online directories.
Most contractors prefer to give one, rounded off price for the entire project. This does not give the owner any idea of how much the contractor is charging for each step of the project.
When remodeling the kitchen, it is always advisable to obtain an itemized bill for the entire project. This way, one can always get rid of any aspect of the work that is not required and reduce the overall cost.
Some of the steps through which the project can be broken down are as follows –
Breaking down the entire project into individual items helps to compare the prices of the different contractors. Also, documenting the details of the entire project helps to eliminate any disputes later on with regards to specific aspects.
Cash payment benefits
Buyers who are willing to pay cash upfront can avail a lot of benefits. Contractors will be ready to discount the price because they know they won’t have to wait for the approval of the loan and they will get paid faster.
At the very outset, we can get somewhere between 5 to 10 percent off the overall project by letting the kitchen remodeling contractor know that we have the cash ready and that we want the work to start immediately. If the job is small, we can pay in installments once individual aspects of the job are finished. For bigger projects, we can hold the money in an escrow account which would release money to the contractor every time key aspects of the work get finished.
There are other benefits to providing the cash upfront as well. For example, we can ask for free upgrades in building materials. For instance, if the contractor is willing to provide us with oak cabinets, we can ask for Birch cabinets instead.
If the project only comprises of finishes and fixtures, we can ask for a lower cost of materials and labor.
Most importantly, when we pay in cash, we should always insist on a guaranteed finish date and financial penalties if the date set is not met. We can also ensure that certain important days on the work schedule such as dates when the water will be turned off to be set as per our convenience.