Kitchen Remodeling Contractors; What They Do and How to Find One
Kitchen remodeling contractors work on jobs in your kitchen that you cannot or don't want to do for yourself. There are certain jobs, such as anything involving changing the structure of the kitchen, i.e. removing or adding walls. Any jobs involving electricity, gas, and all but basic plumbing are probably better handled by a professional, as well. There are many resources available to help you find experienced, competitively priced, professionals; you just have to know where to look and what to look for. This is a brief overview of what kitchen remodeling contractors actually do and how to find a good one.
Kitchen remodeling contractors; what they do
Kitchen remodeling contractors generally come in two categories; general and sub. The term general means that this person is well-experienced in most aspects of home improvement, including construction, product installation and plumbing. Often, general contractors are self-employed, which leads to greater flexibility in scheduling, more personalized customer service and sometimes, greater attention to detail. Another advantage of these guys is that because they are familiar with most aspects of home improvement, they are better able to ensure that everything in your kitchen works together and looks good.
Sub-contractors are usually brought in by the general contractor to handle more specialized jobs, such as electricity, gas or plumbing. Hiring of these people is best left to the general contractor. He/she knows the right questions to ask and how to tell if the person is doing a good job.
Kitchen remodeling contractors; how to find one
There are many resources available when looking for kitchen remodeling contractors. The first thing you should do is simply ask around. Ask family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors who have recently had work done who they used and how they feel about the job that was done. If possible, see if you can take a look at some of the projects.
If your family and friends are of no help, the next best thing to do is get a list of contractors from the Better Business Bureau in your area. This list shows any complaints or violations against a particular contractor, so you know to avoid them. Pick at least four or five people, have them come and give you a written estimate, and make your choice from there.