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You’re finally prepared to remodel your kitchen, and as with many others, you’ve decided to use a kitchen remodeling contractor’s help.

Before you jump in and get the first contractor you find, there are a lot of things to look into in order to pick a quality contractor who is a great match for your project. The following tips should help:

Go for a general contractor.

A specialty contractor works on one exclusive aspect of the project, such as installing tiles, while a general contractor tackles all areas of the project, from design to permits to inspections and the rest. This simplifies things so you can hire a single company instead of several contractors performing each part of the remodel. Learn more about Painting Houston.

Do some homework.

Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or colleagues, but don’t forget to do some Internet research as well. When looking up local contractors on the web, consider what other people are saying about them. How long have they been in the industry? An established contractor who has been operating in the area for a minimum of five years must be good, or he probably won’t even survive the competition. Also check whether they are licensed and bonded.

In general, you just want to be confident not just that you’re selecting a good contractor, but also that they are the best fit for your project.

Get several estimates.

Ask for multiple estimates, but don’t instantly select the lowest bidder. Cheap rates could mean substandard quality workmanship and materials. Consider both the results of your research and the estimates you obtained when making a decision. Find out more here about kitchen remodeling.

Ask plenty of questions!

Asking questions will help you assess the contractor and learn the process of working with them. Here are some questions you may ask:

> How many kitchen remodels did you work on last year?

> Do I need a permit for my project, and if so, will you take care of it ?

> What types of insurance do you have? (They need to have full insurance, which should include liability as well as worker’s compensation).

) or will you hire subcontractors?

> Will you take care of building inspections and approvals?

> How long will the project take?

> How do I pay you?

> When the job is complete, will you offer a warranty and/or maintenance service?

Have a written contract.

This document should include all pertinent details, such as contractor name and license, project start and end dates, a payment schedule, list of materials and corresponding prices, warranty information, and the rest. Finally, review every single line in the contract before you add your signature.

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