When it comes to getting the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams, it starts with having the best contractor for the job. Knowing the right questions to ask your potential contractor can help you determine whether they’ll be the right fit for your kitchen or bathroom renovation.
1. What will the costs be?
A good kitchen or bathroom contractor will be able to address your budget requirements and ensure that their design and renovation plans stick to your budget. Before you hire a contractor, let them know what your budget is and ask them how they’ll ensure that you don’t go over your budget.
2. How long will the project take?
Ensuring you understand the timelines associated with your kitchen or bathroom project is important, and a reputable, experienced contractor will be able to let you know a rough estimate of how long your specific project will take. Make sure you know when they plan to start the work. Most kitchen or bathroom renovations take six to eight weeks to complete from the time the work starts — if the timeline is much longer than that, then that’s a red flag.
3. Do they have references?
Many kitchen and bathroom contractors have websites or an online presence, like Facebook or Google, where you can find reviews from their past clients. If this information is missing, or if you just want to talk to a couple of their previous customers, a reputable contractor will be more than happy to provide you with references.
4. Are they licensed and insured?
Asking your kitchen or bathroom contractor if they’re licensed and insured is not a trick question, and if you notice any hesitation on their part, this can be an indication that they might not be the best choice for you. Contractors should be able to provide you with proof that they have licenses and are fully insured so that, in the event that anything happens on your job site, you won’t be responsible.
5. Who will be working on the project?
Kitchen and bathroom renovations involve many different features, like electrical, plumbing and carpentry. Most contractors hire subcontractors that make up the team of people that will be coming in and out of your home. Ask your contractor who will be on the team, if they themselves will be on-site each day, and who you can expect to be working on your project.
At Sutcliffe Kitchens in Guelph, we understand you might have other questions about a potential kitchen or bathroom renovation. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced team members.