Considering remodeling your kitchen? Although it has tons of benefits, it’s a huge project that’s likely going to require some help from a professional. In any major city like St. Louis, there are tons of contractors available for kitchen remodeling projects, so it can be difficult to choose the best one for your needs. Here are some tips to help you select a contractor specifically for kitchen remodeling.
Look at other similar projects in your city and find out who they used.
Often, the best way to find a great contractor is through word of mouth. Ask your friends, family, and coworkers who have had a kitchen remodel done who they used and if they would recommend them. You can also search online for reviews of contractors in your city – look particularly for those who have completed projects that are similar to the kitchen remodel you envision for your home. This is a great way to find quality contractors that are realistic for the type of project you have in mind, instead of just aimlessly browsing business listings.
Read about the contractor’s experience and credentials.
Before you interview a potential contractor, you’ll want to spend some time looking into their experience in the industry. Look up projects they have worked on before (they likely have some showcased on their website) and decide if they are a good fit for what you need in your home. Then, read up on their credentials and general experience. How long have they been in the industry? How many kitchen projects have they worked on in proportion to the total number of projects they have participated in? Do they have any certifications in home remodeling, or specifically in kitchen remodeling and construction? Finding the answers to these questions are a great way to determine if a contractor is worth looking into further or if they aren’t the best fit for you.
Have a conversation.
Once you have some potential candidates in mind, contact them and see if they can meet for an interview. Talk with them about your project and what you want to accomplish, and ask them how they would do it and get a quote. You can also ask to see a detailed portfolio of their previous work to get a better idea of what your finished project might look like.
Ask for a quote.
The final thing to consider is your budget. When you have your initial meeting with a contractor, be sure to get a quote for what your project might cost. After meeting with a few contractors, you’ll start to get an idea of what a realistic budget is for your project. You’ll want to opt for the contractor that offers the best deal for their services and is respectful of your budget. When you have settled definitively on which contractor you want for your kitchen remodel, work with them to develop an official contract for the project. This document should define exactly what is going to be done, the cost, and the timeframe for the project.