Choosing a Contractor for Your Kitchen Remodeling

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, you have a lot of decisions to make. Some of these are obvious, like how big a kitchen remodel should be and what materials to use. Others require more planning and weighing of the pros and cons.

Cost: A kitchen remodel can vary dramatically in price, depending on the scope of work and the quality of the materials. The average budget for a midrange kitchen renovation runs about $35,000 to $80,000. The wide range of costs is determined by the quality of materials, the number of appliances, and other labor costs.

The best way to get a good idea of the budget for your project is to sit down and make a list of what you want in the new kitchen, and which features are non-negotiable. This list will help you make a more realistic budget and will also allow you to scale back on certain items later on if your project becomes too large or expensive.

You can save money on your project by using economy-grade materials, choosing lower-end appliances and negotiating with contractors and suppliers. These decisions can save you money in the long run, especially if you plan to sell your home in the future.

A general contractor may be necessary for some parts of a remodel. They handle the design work, manage construction and oversee the subcontractors. This is a great option for homeowners who need someone to take control of the project and ensure that it gets done on time, correctly and within the budget.

Experience: A seasoned general contractor can help you get the most value from your kitchen remodel. He or she can advise you on how to choose the right materials and what products will suit your budget, while delivering quality results.

Qualifications: A contractor should have a license and proof of workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Additionally, they should have an active membership in professional associations that promote the qualifications of their members.

Certifications and specialty designations: Many reputable kitchen remodeling contractors hold specialties in the construction industry, such as a certified kitchen and bath remodeler (CKBR) or a master carpenter. Be sure to confirm these claims, as well as project images and experience, with the appropriate governing bodies.

If your contractor is not a member of these organizations, ask him or her to join one. Most will be happy to do so, and it adds a layer of legitimacy to their resume.

Getting quotes: A contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate of his or her cost. This should include all aspects of the project, from demolition to installation. The total should include all the materials, permits and labor required.

The contractor should be able to provide you with a timeline for completion, based on your expectations and the amount of work involved. He or she should also be able to explain the timeline in plain English and answer any questions you might have about the project.