When remodeling or building your dream kitchen, many details need to coordinate. The kitchen contractor you hire will take care of the construction and installation of your new kitchen, but there are a few questions you may want to ask before signing on with a specific company.
What is your experience in Kitchen installation?
Your kitchen contractor should have plenty of experience in installing kitchens. If they don’t have a track record of kitchen installations, you should ask them why they are trying to break into a new market. You can also ask them to provide references from previous kitchens they’ve installed. Even if a contractor has experience with installing kitchens, they might specialize in other aspects of construction. Make sure they have the right experience installing kitchens in your region.
How long will it take to complete?
The amount of time to complete a kitchen installation depends on the contractor, their schedule, and the size of your project. Be sure to ask your contractor how long it will take for them to complete your kitchen installation. You want to make sure there is plenty of time for unexpected delays. Many contractors are behind schedule, so be careful and make sure you have enough time for everything to go smoothly.
Can you provide references?
Even if the contractor has experience installing kitchens, make sure they provide references from previous customers. References will give you insight into how their team operates, and how they treat their customers. The best contractors are confident in their work and have no problem providing references. If you have a contractor that’s hesitant to provide references, it could be a sign that they don’t have a great work ethic.
What are your warranty and guarantee?
A good contractor will have a warranty on their work. This is especially important when it comes to kitchens because there are so many different aspects of the installation that could go wrong. Your contractor should have an extended warranty on their work on your kitchen installation. The warranty should cover any shoddy workmanship or any faulty materials that were used in your installation. Be sure to read through the warranty and understand what is covered and what isn’t.
Will my kitchen require certification?
Some kitchen installations require certification. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, your contractor should be able to provide certification. Likewise, if your kitchen is near a source of contamination, such as a room with chemicals, you may need your kitchen to be certified. If you are in an area prone to flooding, you may also need your contractor to be certified. Whether or not your kitchen needs certification and your contractor is certified will depend on where you live.
How much will I have to pay upfront?
Some kitchen contractors will require payment upfront. There are certain circumstances when a contractor will ask for money upfront. If they are asking for money before they start the fabrication of your kitchen, it could be a sign they are a fraud. If they are asking for money upfront, they should be able to give you a breakdown of how it will be used. Make sure the breakdown is realistic and not something you could do yourself. You shouldn’t have to pay anyone large sums of money before they start the installation.
What materials will be used?
If you can ask for the materials that will be used for your kitchen installation. If you are installing a new kitchen, you want to make sure the materials are high-quality. Be sure to read online reviews of different materials before deciding on a contractor. If your contractor uses cheap materials, they might not stand behind their work. Make sure they use quality materials that will last a long time.
What kind of follow-up and maintenance services do you offer?
Your contractor should offer follow-up and maintenance services. If something goes wrong with your kitchen, or if you want to make a few adjustments, be sure to call your contractor. They should be able to come out and make sure everything is working perfectly and be able to make adjustments if necessary. Likewise, you should be able to call and have your contractor come out to perform general maintenance. This is especially important if you have a new kitchen installed. Your contractor can show you how to clean and maintain your kitchen so it lasts as long as possible. These are just a few questions you can ask your potential kitchen contractor before deciding who to hire. Make sure you choose a contractor that has experience installing kitchens and is confident in their work.