So, you’ve done your homework and have decided in favor of kitchen cabinet refacing instead of replacing your cabinets. It’s an excellent choice! Your “new” cabinets will look great, and you’ll save a ton of money by proceeding in this direction. You’ll be able to choose from a vast variety of options and, in the end, your kitchen will look like new.
But only if you choose the right kitchen remodeling contractors to complete your project!
If you’ve Googled “kitchen remodel near me” or “kitchen cabinet refacing,” chances are you were greeted with pages full of contractors who claim to be the best at what they do. So how do you know which one to choose and whether they’ll give you the value and challenging work you deserve for the money spent on this project?
Word of mouth is often the best way to find good kitchen remodeling contractors. If you’ve got friends or family members who’ve recently undergone kitchen cabinet refacing, there’s a good chance that they’re eager to share with you how they felt about their contractor and the job they did.
Don’t be afraid to pry a little and ask them for specifics. Was the contractor on time each day? Did he or she have a decent work ethic? Did this contractor stick to their schedule and finish in a timely manner? How did he or she manage problems? It’s important to know the answers to these and other questions before you choose your kitchen remodeling contractor.
Now that you’ve found some names online and have received referrals from neighbors or family members, it’s time to check out their credentials, even before you schedule an interview. You’ll want to check first to make sure they have all the licenses necessary to do work in your municipality but it’s also good to know whether or not this kitchen remodeling contractor you’re considering has received any designations from professional organizations such as The National Kitchen and Bath Association, The National Association of Homebuilders, or The National Association of the Remodeling Industry. These are not required designations but knowing they have them tells you that this kitchen cabinet refacing professional has said some extra instruction in his/her craft and is in tune with the latest developments in the field.
It’s often a clever idea not to narrow your search down to just one individual or company. As you search for “kitchen remodel near me” and do all the pre-homework necessary to decide, consider interviewing at least 2 or 3 contractors, when possible.
During the interview, which can be face-to-face or on a platform like Zoom (preferably not by telephone), ask any questions you might have and listen carefully to the replies. Is he/she giving you clear answers? Is he/she listening to you and allowing you time to talk as well? Is there anything this person is avoiding?
Communication is key with any kitchen remodeling contractor, but it’s also preferable to like and trust anyone who’s going to be working in your home. If your gut feeling says “no,” go with it. If, on the other hand, this person ticks all the boxes and it seems like you will get along well, consider signing on the dotted line at the next meeting.
But first…just a little more homework. Ask each person you interview for references that you can call and request photos of jobs they’ve recently completed as well. Just as when you were asking for referrals for kitchen remodeling contractors, ask these references about the individual’s or company’s work, whether there were any problems, and if they’d use them again.
Never, ever give anyone a deposit or any other funds without a signed contract. Furthermore, look at the contract carefully before you sign and have someone else review it if you’re uncertain about the parameters of the agreement. Look for things like total bid price, payment schedule, work timeline, warranties, and what will be done in case of a dispute.
At Kitchen Cabinet Refacing (KCR) we’ve dotted all our i’s and crossed all our t’s when it comes to collaborating with our customers. We can offer you references, sample contracts, warranty information, and anything else you need before you decide about hiring us to be your kitchen cabinet refacing team. To learn about why we’re the top kitchen remodeling contractors in the area, visit our website at www.kitchencabinetrefacing.com.