Choosing kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors can be a long process, but it’s worth it to find the right team for your project. Here are the main steps you should take to find a quality contractor.
Get Remodel Contractor Referrals
One of the best ways to find a qualified kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractor is through word of mouth. Other people in your area have likely done similar projects over the years, and those who are happy with their end result will be happy to refer you to the contractor they worked with.
References from neighbors and friends are a good place to start. If you don’t know anyone who has hired a contractor for a kitchen or bath remodel, you can also look at online reviews for contractors who have similar projects to yours in their portfolio or ask local contractors for references.
Keep in mind that kitchen and bath remodels can encompass a wide range of styles and scopes. Check the portfolio of each contractor you are considering to make sure they have done projects similar to yours.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are there at least ten projects in the contractor’s portfolio?
- Are the photos clear, or are they grainy and hard-to-see?
- Does this contractor’s work seem to show a particular style? If so, is it the style you are looking for?
Interview Potential Remodel Contractors
Once you have a short list of kitchen and bath contractors you may want to work with, it’s a good idea to talk to each candidate. You need a contractor who not only does good kitchen and bath remodeling work, but also listens to your needs and is willing to stay in close communication.
Call 2-3 candidates and ask them a few questions about their services. You will need to make sure they are able to take on a construction project of your size. You may also want to ask for a list of references or discuss their relationship with their subcontractors.
If a contractor is not able or willing to provide answers to these questions, it may be a sign that they are not reliable.
Before committing to a contractor, you will want to compare written plans and prices.
Consult with each contractor you are considering how much they will charge for your project. A good contractor will ask for the blueprints of your home in order to more accurately estimate the project scope. From there, they will estimate the cost of material, labor, and other expenditures (unless they give you a labor-only bid).
Don’t assume you should always go with the cheapest bid. Details like the contractor’s choice to use a better quality material or purchase bespoke cabinets may impact the cost.
Typically, about 40% of the total project cost will cover materials. Another 40% will cover labor and other overhead expenses, and the rest will go to profit margins. However, these percentages may vary slightly between contractors and locations.
Wait at least a few days to sign a contract after receiving a bid. If a contractor uses scare tactics to pressure you to sign immediately, that’s a red flag. You should also be suspicious if the plan or contract is not in writing.