When it comes to home improvement projects, kitchen renovations provide you with some of the highest returns on your investment. An updated kitchen ranks high on the list of items that a prospective buyer looks for and carries a high value for your home’s resale.
Apart from that, a kitchen renovation can improve the usability and comfort of your kitchen space.
Because of its importance, both for your daily living needs, and home value, choosing the right contractor for your kitchen renovation is very important. To make sure you are getting the best work possible, here are 7 questions to ask when vetting prospective kitchen contractors.
7 Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Contractor
1. Are you licensed and insured?
Ask if the contractor has a business license and insurance. Homeowner’s insurance may not cover damage to your home by a contractor. Request a copy of their insurance certificate and clarify if they will be subcontracting the work and if the subcontractors are insured.
2. Do you have a portfolio of work?
Most kitchen contractors will have a portfolio of past projects. By asking to see their portfolio, you can get a feel for the quality of work that they do. Remember, most portfolios contain what the contractor considers to be their “best” stuff.
3. Will you be subcontracting any of the work?
When you hire someone for a kitchen renovation, you naturally assume that they will be the one doing the work, but that is not always the case. For instance, if in the process of renovating the kitchen, electrical outlets may need to be moved and an electrician may need to be called in. Ask ahead of time if there will be a need for subcontractors.
4. Is your bid an estimate or a fixed price?
Don’t get blindsided by additional costs. Know ahead of time if the quote you are given is all-inclusive or if additional charges could be accrued. Oftentimes, a kitchen renovation bid is fixed with a caveat for damage or issues behind the walls or floors that cannot be seen until renovation starts.
5. What are my financing options?
Some kitchen remodelers offer financing options or can connect you with financing sources. Ask if they require an up-front deposit and what the payment schedule will be for the balance.
6. How long does a kitchen remodel take?
A kitchen renovation will disrupt your day-to-day life, but a contractor should be able to give you a timeline so you can plan. Ask how frequently they will work on your project and how long they think the remodel will take.
7. Are there any warranties or guarantees?
You can ask a contractor if they offer any type of warranty or guarantee. If they do, make sure to clarify if the warranty is all-inclusive or only covers the cost of materials. You will also want to know how long the warranty lasts and the process for filing a claim.
Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?
For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.