Remodeling your kitchen: who should you hire?

When starting a kitchen remodel project your first step is to find someone to design your new kitchen. Your local home improvement store will probably have a kitchen designer for you to work with, you can hire a Decorator or an Architect, or you can use a design/ build Contractor. Bob Greenwood is this type of contractor, what this means is that he designs your project and completes the work. What is the benefit to using this type of Contractor instead of a kitchen designer and then a contractor? Some kitchen designers are not experienced in building and while the design they create for your kitchen looks good on paper, there may be construction things that they overlook, also there is sometimes a mis-communication between designer and builder, and having one person who does the entire job eliminates this problem.

Whoever you hire be sure you are hiring a quality person that you can work with for the long duration of the remodel job, someone who is licensed and skilled at their job, ask to see examples of their work. Do not hire just the cheapest man to do the job, you get what you pay for, and many times they will give you a low price at the front of the job but then add to it or not complete the job.

Your contractor will be sharing his expertise, he is able to design your project, give you information about products and use his contacts to help you get the best price on materials, schedule the work, control the sub-contractors and keep up with supplies on the job, and be sure your job is being done according to code, and many other jobs that may be behind the scenes. Go to your contractor, not the people who work for him whenever there are questions, just because he is not on site at all times does not mean he is not in control of what is going on. Work with your contractor and keep the lines of communication open, most problems on remodel jobs are the cause of lack of communication about your needs and concerns, your contractor should also keep you informed as to schedule and any delays or unexpected costs. A contractor who forgets to inform you of things, may not be a bad contractor, just very busy, which is one of the reason’s a good working relationship and open communication is a must during your project.

So remember, hire good people, check jobs and references and work with your contractor, you both want a smooth job with a good end product.

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