Whether you’re remodeling your entire kitchen, replacing outdated appliances, or installing a custom kitchen, kitchen renovation requires a team of experts to get the job done right. From designing, planning, and organizing to plumbing, wiring, and installing, it’s simply too large of a job to do yourself or skimp on a cut-rate contractor. Spending time on research prior to hiring a company is imperative to creating a finished product that you love. Here are a few questions you need to ask of every contractor before you begin work.
What to Ask Kitchen Renovation Contractors Before Hiring Them
- Do You Have the Right Credentials?
Each province and city has its own set of requirements for home improvement professionals. Check the individual requirements for contractors in Aurora, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, or Newmarket, and also ensure that the company has their Certificate of Qualification. Always ask for evidence of personal liability, workers’ compensation, and property damage insurance.
- How Long Have You Been in Business?
Experience is key when it comes to handling such a complicated job.
- Who Will Be Supervising On-Site?
Know who to contact when something goes wrong or you have a question. Get the names and numbers of everyone who will be involved, including any subcontractors.
- How Do You Operate?
Now is the time to learn about the company’s approach and values. Consider their work ethic and professionalism as well as how many subcontractors they usually hire. Ask about their relationships with independent contractors and who will be handling what tasks.
- Can I See a Portfolio?
Many contractors have online galleries, but if you have anything specific in mind or want them to design a custom kitchen, ask for more examples for inspiration or to verify that they have experience with what you need.
- Do You Have a List of References?
Like any job applicant, potential contractors should have a list of references. Call them and ask tough questions about the contractor’s professionalism, timeliness, demeanour, and the final results.
- Can I Get That in Writing?
Even if you’re not a lawyer, read through all of the documents and contracts that your company gives you and check for anything unusual. Have them sign off on the quoted price, schedule, work details, a change-order clause, an express limited warranty. These written assurances may come in handy once your kitchen renovation project is underway.
Ultimately, the best contractor may be the one with whom you have the best chemistry. Sometimes, a contractor will just get you –they understand your vision and your needs before you articulate them. Attentive listening and a trustworthy demeanour are other great indicators of the right contractor for your job. With a little research and the right amount of intuition, you will be well on your way to getting the kitchen of your dreams.