Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Boulder
If you are looking for a company to handle your kitchen remodeling needs in the Boulder area, you’ve come to the right place.
To learn more about our kitchen remodeling contracting services, please read on:
Whether or Not to Use a Contractor
When starting a kitchen remodel, one of the first things on your to-do list is find a contractor. Sounds easy, right? But this step causes a lot of people unwanted stress and sleepless nights. Everyone has a horror story about a contractor! In fact, the stress and fear of hiring a contractor leads many to skip this step and contract the remodel themselves. While in theory that seems like a good way to avoid stress, while keeping the budget down, the reality is that it oftentimes brings more stress and delays, with time lost to doing the work of a contractor.
The first thing you need to do is ask for referrals. This is more than going onto a contractors website and reading testimonials. Of course the testimonials are positive. Reach out to friends and family, asking them if they have any referrals. Also, if they have any that they would say to stay clear from. Ask specific questions, like how problems were handled by the contractor, about deadlines, billing, etc. Get as much information as you can. You also need to find a contractor that is credited and up to date on all their state and local licenses.
Meeting With Contractors
Once you have a list of options, meet with 2-3 contractors and get bids. Sometimes meeting a contractor is the quickest way to see if you two would be a good fit to work together. Everyone’s personalities are so different. Perhaps a friend loved a certain contractor, but you find that your personalities just clash.
Getting quotes from more than 2-3 contractors can make it too confusing to make a decision. If you do the ground work before meeting with the contractors, you should feel confident that you are meeting the best options for you. When you meet with the contractors, ask them for references. Follow through on those references, asking if you could see the work of the contractor.
Signing a Contract
Once your have narrowed down your contractor get it all in writing. Scrutinize the agreement, making sure it includes the bid price and payment schedule. Also you want to make sure it is fair and balanced. If you are timid signing the dotted line, then don’t, not until you feel comfortable and well versed in what it says. Find an expert to help you go over the wording and fine details. The contract should protect and serve both interested parties, not just the contractor.
With the contract signed you are ready to start your remodel. Keep in contact with your contractor, letting them know you want to be kept in the loop of everything going on. If it goes well, building a good relationship with a contractor will give you the connections and confidence to do more house projects.