Once you have finally convinced yourself that you’re ready for a kitchen overhaul, the hard part begins. Not only do you have to find a kitchen contractor in your area, but you have to find the right contractor. That means checking out reviews and their previous work to see if their skill set matches with what you envision your new kitchen to look like.
Here some tips and tricks to help you weed out the competition and find the perfect kitchen contractor for you.
Sometimes it can really be as simple as just Googling. Google offers a fairly extensive business listings that can tell you both how close a contractor is to you and the rating of their Google Business Page. Along with that information, these Google listings will give you the hours a contractor is available to contact and their phone number, as well as photos of previous work and written reviews from clients.
Houzz is highly reputable, home building and remodeling site and is a great source to find the ideal kitchen contractor for your home. Their Find a Pro feature allows you to find a professional home remodeler that is close to your location. Houzz contains plenty of reviews, as well as pictures of completed work from each contractor, which will help you in your decision.
Home Advisor is a site that is specifically designed for this exact problem. It’s a digital marketplace that connects homeowners with prescreened, local service professionals who can help them with whatever home improvement need they have, which includes kitchen contractors. Home Advisor’s search process is very thorough, which allows you to find the right contractor for you.
Friends and Family
Getting a referral from a trusted friend or family is a great way to make the decision easier on you. you can see firsthand what the remodeler is capable of and whether not it’s what you’re looking. Maybe you really like your friend’s or family member’s home renovation, but there are a few details you might have done differently. You can easily fine tune their past work to be more accompanying of your style and taste. Being able to see that their work will ensure that they are.
Attend the Minnesota Parade of Homes
The Parade of Homes is a great avenue to get connected with some of Minnesota’s best home builders and remodelers. Check out some of the remodeled homes and see which kitchens stick and who built them. Then set up a consultation meeting with them. The Parade of Homes is another way to see some contractors work first hand.
Meet with the Contractors on Your List
If you’ve compiled a list of some of the best reviewed contractors with the strongest portfolio’s, it’s a good idea to meet with them in person to see if you believe you’ll work well together and to ask them a few questions about their process. Here are some examples of some solid questions to ask before you start working with any contractor:
“Do you provide a detailed written contract?”
Make sure that your contractor works with actual contracts. Kitchen remodels are a big endeavor, and you want to make sure that it goes smoothly. I detailed and well-written contract will help to avoid any misunderstandings.
“What are your payment terms?”
A lot of contractors will ask for some sort of initial deposit, but these numbers will vary. See which of the contractors you’re considering has a deposit that you are comfortable with and that is within your budget.
“Who will be working on the kitchen?”
Find out who will be working alongside the contractor doing the physical labor. You can then look up reviews for them to see how well their craftsmanship is and how experienced they are.
Requesting bids from the contractors who you were most impressed with will help you finally come to right choice for you. But, don’t just go with whoever offers the lowest price. Instead, you should also factor when they’ll be complete and their body of work and portfolio as well. Don’t be afraid to push back too if you think the bids are a little steep.
Treasured Spaces Has you Covered for All Your Home Remodeling Needs
We have experience in working in many different types of homes and working with clients who have different needs for their kitchen, making us flexible and willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your new kitchen is exactly what you’re looking for. From concept to execution, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Contact Treasured Spaces today to get started on a consultation.