7 questions to ask your kitchen remodel contractor
Updated: Feb 9, 2021
We have 7 key questions to ask when finding the right contractor to remodel your kitchen. Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and even daunting. You'll want to make sure you've asked several key questions before agreeing to work with a top tier contractor. Read for more.
Top 7 questions to ask your kitchen contractor
1. Are you licensed and insured to start and complete my project?
It's good advice to ask your contractor to show that they are in fact licensed and insured in the state of Texas. By law they must be, in order to perform any remodel. Have them show you their licensing and that it is up-to-date.
2. Get an idea of how many subcontractors will be working on your kitchen renovation?
It's completely fine to ask your contractor how many people will be working your your remodel. You could even ask for a list of the people that will be performing the kitchen remodel. Find out if all of the installers, cabinet makers, electricians, painters, carpenters, are employees or possibly sub-contracted out. It’s good practice to ensure that all sub-contractors are covered with worker’s compensation and even with disability insurance.
3. Find out who will end up being your main point of contact for your remodel.
Many home owners go into a remodel thinking they know who their main point of contact will be. Only to get the run around when things start rolling. Make sure you establish who the person will be in contact with you throughout the build and make sure to ask what kinds of updates and communication you can expect throughout the remodel. Tell your point of contact that you want to have updates every 2-3 days.
4. Make sure to ask for a detailed and itemized bid.
This is almost always assumed to be done but can often fall through the cracks with the excitement of a new kitchen remodel. Always remember to ask for an itemized bid, it will show you all the costs for the different and various aspects of the job, including:
The initial demolition and hauling out the debris
Framing work and finished carpentry
Appliances and cost
Plumbing work needed
All Electrical work
Tiling and/or other floor coverings and installations
Lighting fixtures and placements
Drywall and painting costs
Having this bid helps you compare different contractors and their prices. This way if you decide the need to cut costs, you will be easily able to figure your options. Plus, an itemized bid becomes a very valuable document regarding the scope of your project, which in many cases may eliminate disputes later.
5. It's another good point to ask who the contractor’s suppliers are.
it’s not always the case to ask this but it is often nice to know who your contractors are making purchases from. Do they use name brands, other companies that are reputable or more generic? It's okay to research their suppliers and find reviews on their products. Most all contractors are networked with their suppliers. Along with asking for homeowner reference it’s good to ask if the contractor can provide supplier references from:
Who they use for their tile shops
Other Kitchen and bath remodels
Electricians they work with
Plumbers they use
6. Remember to ask your contractor how the payment structure will work. Will you need to pay 25% or 50% upfront? Can you make progress payments?
7. Finally you will want to ask how their design process work
Find out if the contractor himself will provide the designs or do they work with a professional design company (preferred)? Many kitchen contractors are spending a lot of their time running their actual businesses and having to manage several projects. It’s a good idea to ask your kitchen contractor why they are recommending any design and what motivated them to come up with their ideas for your kitchen. Now, depending upon your project and how complex it will be, you may want a contractor that has relationships with top home and kitchen design companies.