Kitchen re-modeling is one of the many wishes most homeowners have. In order to get the best contractors, you should start your search by asking recommendations from your friends. There are a few rules of thumb when it comes to hiring a professional contractor.
Always ask for referees from the contractor. A kitchen renovator is only as good as the reputation of his job. Once you have verified his legitimacy, you will need to visit the contractors completed renovations as well as projects that are still in progress.This will allow you to get an idea of the contractors’ value for quality work and their keenness to observe safety rules and regulations. If the contractor is busy, let him/her put you on their waiting list. It is the best contractors that are busiest and are worth waiting for.
Get as much information from the contractors’ references. Find out if the contractor is time disciplined and whether or not they are ready to supervise the subordinates. Let the references tell you if the contractor adhered to the cleanup plans stipulated in the scope of work and in the contract. Find out if there were any unauthorized changes of details made or those of materials, if he stayed on or close to the budget, whether the materials were delivered promptly and if he updated the referee regularly on the progress of the project. Finally, find out if the project was successful or not.
When the contractor and his crew begin work in your kitchen, it is good to bring out the best in them. Offer refreshments to them, they will certainly appreciate. Leave the crew to do their work. Getting in the way and asking never ending questions may only result in overwhelming them and losing focus on the job. Be respectful and courteous enough to ask after their wellbeing.
A designer that is experienced can save you time and also on money by pointing out potential problems right from the very beginning. Kitchen planners are well versed in their area of expertise: who the best local contractors are, how to maximize on the storage capacity, the best substitutes for expensive materials, and the cheapest options such as readymade cabinetry as opposed on location kitchen joinery woodwork. The designer will require some basic information from you.
The designer will need an architectural print of your current kitchen. It should show the position of the heating system, doors, plumbing lines, windows, and electrical outlets. He/she will also require a list that clearly defines your goals for the project; whether or not you want more space, better style, more storage etc. the list should be organized according to priority.
You will need to have an idea folder that portrays a visual projection of your desired kitchen. The folder should contain pictures of, products, materials, rooms and architectural details that you find appealing. Notes should be attached commenting on what you like or dislike about your current kitchen as well as concepts that portray your personality; do you prefer bright colors as opposed to dull ones.