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How To Pick a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

How To Pick a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

A qualified contractor will have the proper certifications, reviews, and a portfolio ready for potential customers to look over and see if the designs fit their needs. To have a successful project, you need a kitchen remodeling contractor and a list of requirements. Here’s how to pick the best choice.

Find Out Their Price Range

The first thing most people do before selecting a contractor is compare prices. Every contractor has their own style, and their set prices determine if this person fits your budget. When sorting through prices, ensure they have detailed lists of items they charge for and that the final total includes.

A contractor’s final amount’s determined by the project’s length and what changes you plan to make. Renovators will have a list of items costing extra to install and move around the kitchen to expand or create the layout that fits your wants.

Some things they’ll typically charge extra for include:

  • Modifying the kitchen floorplan
  • Moving or updating cabinets
  • Relocating or modifying appliances
  • Updating the countertops
  • Changing or altering the sinks
  • Updating floors or lighting

The final cost, commonly quoted to you, depends on what you want done and when the project is planned.

Don’t Pay in Full Upfront

You should never pay anyone in full. When making a down payment, you should only put down the amount stated in the contract. Be wary of individuals who say they need it right on the spot. Many contractors give you a deadline of when a down payment’s due and only require the stated amount.

Do Your Research

Knowing who you’re working with on any remodeling project is essential. Any modifications done should be done by a certified kitchen remodeler. If you come across places where it’s unclear if they’re certified, reach out to them. They’ll be more than happy to fill you in on their history and references to contact. They can also give you insight on permit requirements for your kitchen remodel.

Compile a List

While researching, build a list of the best choices. Rank them all by prices—you can do this by using the quotes the contractors send you—and continue looking over reviews, references, and portfolios.

Accept a Bid and Hire a Contractor

After completing your list and selecting a contractor, you’re ready to start the hiring process. The contractor works with you on the proposal guidelines and contract information and answers your questions about the process.

Make Sure All Proposal Details Are Listed

While looking over everything, ensure there are no missing details, such as the final amount and flow plans. These things are critical and lead to design mistakes if not voiced directly. So voice your concerns and ensure that everything’s listed out.

It’s okay if you don’t have a contractor right now—as you learn how to find the best kitchen remodeling contractor, make sure you keep these tips in mind. If you use the tips right, they will help you find the right worker for you and your project.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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