Important Considerations and Questions
Kitchens across the world are more than just a place to cook and eat. They have become the main area of the home in many cases; an area where the families spend most of their time while in the home. Some people work, do homework, watch TV, listen to the radio, or simply relax in their kitchens.
Therefore, every homeowner desires a kitchen that will support their lifestyle. Due to the varying needs of different families, kitchens are far from a “one size fits all” type of thing. In fact, many homeowners today are unhappy with their current kitchen and only dream about having the type of kitchen they adore.
However, more and more homeowners today are caving into their desires and remodeling their kitchens after many years being stuck with one they don’t like. But remodeling a kitchen is no easy task. In fact, it takes a lot of knowledge and skills and in different areas in order to maximize the benefits of remodeling.
Remodeling your kitchen can also be quite overwhelming due to the different choices and styles available.
- Which style is best for my home?
- What kind of cabinets do I want?
- What kind of countertop do I want?
- What type of flooring do I want?
- What kind of sink do I want?
- What type of price-range am I looking at?
- How can I maximize the space in my kitchen for best use?
This is Where Hiring a Kitchen Remodeler Comes Into Play
A professional, skilled kitchen remodeler can help you plan out the best type of kitchen for your home and lifestyle.
More importantly, they have relationships with vendors to help you get the best price for the materials needed to remodel your kitchen.
Deciding to hire a kitchen remodeler is the first step homeowners take towards their new kitchen. However, the next step is even more important; which is actually CHOOSING a kitchen remodeler. There are many factors that should come into play before you hire one.
Most people don’t know where to begin when it comes to hiring the right kitchen remodeling company for the job. To help educate you on how to go about finding the right one, here are 5 crucial things you should know before choosing a kitchen remodeler.
1. Check Their Credentials
The first thing you should do before hiring a kitchen remodeler is to check out their qualifications. This includes their certifications, affiliations, and experience.
One place to start is to check to see if they are a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA). Many professional kitchen remodelers belong to the NKBA or other associations of its kind.
You also want to ask the kitchen remodeler about any certifications they have and/or courses they have taken. You may think that this is personal, but it’s not. A good, reputable, skilled kitchen remodeler should have no problem giving you this information.
They also shouldn’t have a problem putting you in touch with some of their satisfied customers. Every business has testimonials if they do get work, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Make sure that there is no negativity associated with the contractor by doing an internet search for their name. If anyone has had a bad experience about them, chances are that they’ve posted about it somewhere online.
Also, check out the Better Business Bureau site to see if the business has an unsatisfactory rating. If there is any negativity reported on the business at all, keep looking. It’s not worth taking a chance of the same thing happening to you.
2. Get Recommendations from Family and Friends
If your family and friends have dealt with a kitchen remodeler, it’s best to ask them for referrals. If someone has worked with a really good kitchen remodeler, they won’t have any problem referring them to you. On the flip side, if someone has had a terrible experience with a kitchen remodeler, they won’t have any problem letting you know about that as well.
It’s a good idea to get information about bad experiences people you know have had with kitchen remodelers so you can bypass them in your search.
In addition to family members and friends, you can also check with your neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else you know.
3. Interview Several Different Kitchen Remodelers
Some homeowners make the mistake of choosing the first kitchen remodeler they come across in the yellow pages instead of doing their due diligence to find the best one for them. Even if you get referrals from people you know, it’s still good to talk to more than one.
In fact, you should have a consultation with each one of them right in your home. This way, they can get a good feel for your kitchen and be able to give you some realistic expectations about your remodeling projects.
They should be able to discuss your options as well as your wants whether you are looking at getting new flooring, lighting, countertops, or cabinetry.
When you meet with them, there are several things you should ask to start getting a feel about the contractor:
- Ask to see pictures or videos of their work samples
- Ask to be connected with some of their past satisfied customers
- Ask them what kind of things should you expect during the process
- Ask them how long they’ve been in business and about any affiliations, training, and certifications they have
- Ask them about pricing and fees – as well as what is included in those prices and fees
- Ask them approximately how long a project of your size will take
- Ask them how they go about providing the best options for your new kitchen
- Ask them how they keep up with fresh, new ideas within the remodeling industry
- Ask them what steps they take to protect your belongings during the remodeling process
- Ask them what if something should go wrong during the project – who is responsible for what?
Be sure to have these questions – along with any others that you can think of – nearby during your in-home consultation with each kitchen remodeler. Take notes of each of their answers so you can easily go back and compare notes later.
If a kitchen remodeler seems uncomfortable answering these questions, chances are they are not the right fit. Any professional, skilled kitchen remodeler would not have a problem answering any of your questions. If they do, run the other way!
4. Set a Budget and Commit to the Project
Remodeling a kitchen is a huge task that cannot be taken lightly. It’s not light on the pockets either. Getting a nice, professional, the newly remodeled kitchen does take money. Since there are so many options as to what goes into a remodeled kitchen, it’s best to sit down and decide on a budget before you do anything else.
Keeping a realistic budget throughout the process will make your life a whole lot easier. There’s nothing like picking out everything you want in your kitchen, but get down the road and realize that you don’t have enough money to make it even halfway through your project.
This is an extreme waste of time and energy that could have been avoided with a little planning up front. So figure out how much money you are prepared to pay first. Then, move along with the rest of the project.
You may have had your heart really set on those marble countertops. However, this may not be something that you can afford at this time, so it should be counted out early in the process.
Also, make sure you are fully committed to your kitchen remodeling project. Carefully think about what you want, what you need, and what you can afford. Only then will you be able to realistically find a kitchen remodeler who is qualified for your particular job.
From there, take one step at a time when going through your process to make sure you don’t make any terrible mistakes along the way.
Mentally prepare for the fact that for several weeks – sometimes months – someone else will be in your most personal space. Your kitchen remodeling staff will be a fixture in your home until the project is done.
Are you sure that you are ready for this type of invasion? Even though it will be extremely rewarding in the end, it’s a struggle to get used to seeing the same faces come into your home for hours on a daily basis.
Not only that, but you won’t be able to use your kitchen for the most part during the remodeling process. Is this something you and your family are ready to handle at this time? This may mean an increase in your food bill as you will probably order out a lot more than you usually do.
But if you can deal with it for a few months, you will end up with a beautiful, brand new kitchen that your neighbors will wish was their own.
5. Create a Checklist
Creating a checklist is one of the most powerful things you can do before starting the journey to your dream kitchen. A checklist is great for helping you actually decide what type of kitchen you want and need.
It will help you out when searching for a kitchen remodeler as you can show them on paper the features you are looking for in the new kitchen. They will get a better understanding of what you are looking for and will make recommendations based upon your information.
A checklist will also help you out when planning the budget so you know exactly what you want… but can easily cross things off if they are out of your current budget. Some people are really indecisive and a checklist can also help them make decisions a lot faster.
So in the long-run, a checklist will save you a lot of time and energy on your journey to a brand new kitchen.
Here is a quick checklist you can use to get your juices flowing as you create your kitchen remodeling project. Be sure to think long and hard about what you want in a kitchen and add it to your checklist.
- Overall Kitchen Style: Classic, Modern, Luxury
- Countertop: Marble, Granite, Ceramic Tile
- Wood Cabinetry Finish: Cherry, Maple, Hickory, Pine
- Cabinet Doors: Raised Panel, Flat Panel, Inset Doors
- Storage Type: Roll-out shelves, Drawers, Regular Shelves
- Backsplash Type: Tile, Same as Countertops, Short or Full Height
- Sink Type: Double, Single, Triple
- Sink Material: Acrylic, Stainless Steel, Enamel
- Lighting: Recessed lighting, Track lighting, or Wall-mounted
- Stove Type: Gas, Electric
- Floor Type: Hardwood, Porcelain Tile
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider before you choose a kitchen remodeling company. Just take the time to do a little research as described in this report and you are sure to find the right kitchen remodeler for you.