Kitchen and bath remodeling is not for the faint of heart. It requires specialized knowledge of a variety of disciplines within the building profession. If you are not up to the task, it is a good idea to hire someone to complete the project for you. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you make that hiring decision.
1. Do I need help?
Consider any past projects you have done and how they turned out. If they turned out poorly, you probably have your answer. If they turned out well, consider whether they were as complex or involved the same skills as the kitchen and bath remodeling work will involve. If you decide to look at remodeling books, think the procedures through carefully, visualize the process, and see if you really understand what they mean. In most cases, DIY remodeling instructions leave out some very important information that only comes with skill and experience.
2. Who do I know?
Start making a list. If you know any kitchen and bath remodeling contractors, write them down. Next, ask your friends and family members who they have used in the past. Finally, contact trade organizations to find even more possibilities.
3. Can I see a portfolio or past work?
Most kitchen and bath remodeling professionals have something they can show you to display their work. It may be a portfolio of photos of work completed. It might be a model kitchen or bath he has constructed in a live showroom or business. You might even be given a chance to actually visit a homeowner who is a past customer, to see the results of a past job.
4. Does the contractor show any designs I like?
Every job is a new one for a kitchen and bath remodeling expert or team. Yet, if you look at past work you should be able to get a sense of whether you like their work. Notice interesting designs that impress you with that wow factor if you want something stunning. No matter what style you like, a practical kitchen or bath is essential. Look over the past work for signs that the design is practical and has a natural flow of movement.
5. Will the contractor communicate?
As you speak to the contractor, notice his communication skills. Ask questions and see if he responds with appropriate answers. Give your opinion on his suggestions and notice how he reacts. If you are going to work with someone during an entire remodeling job, you will want to be able to talk with them freely and know that you are being heard. Finding the right contractor might take some time, but it is well worth the effort if the end result is a kitchen and bath remodeling makeover that makes you happy.
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