Home renovations can be an exciting prospect, but they also come with a lot of responsibility and can take up to several months to complete. Whether you’re seeking to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or another area of your property, choosing an experienced contractor is one of the first matters you should attend to. The 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, which surveyed over 2,000 homeowners about their latest renovation projects, concluded that 75% of people who choose to remodel feel a greater desire to be at home. This report was co-written by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of REALTORS.
Just like a business executive looking to fill a new position, you should do extensive research into any remodeling contractor. This means reviewing portfolios of a contractor’s previous work; checking licensing, certifications, and referrals (at least five names); and collecting competitive bids. According to BigRentz.com, 75% of construction firms today use social media to promote themselves, so this can be a great resource to search for contractors.
Assess Your Motivations in the Kitchen
One of the first questions you should ask yourself if you plan to remodel your kitchen is, “What is my main use for this new kitchen?” What things do you primarily wish to change about it? Are you more concerned about replacing the cabinets and drawers or getting a shiny new granite countertop or tile backsplash? Do you want to upgrade your appliances, get a new sink, or turn your kitchen into a farm-to-table? Identifying your priorities in this respect will significantly help you narrow down the type of contractor that is the best fit for your improvement project.
Walk Through the Vision and Design
After determining your motivations in the kitchen, it’s crucial to outline at least a basic summary of your plan for the renovation. This entails reviewing examples of what the finished project would look like and taking measurements to ensure you have enough space for all modifications (but not too much so that you can’t walk around comfortably in your kitchen, of course). Red flags to keep an eye out for during kitchen remodels include blatant seams on countertops; incongruent layouts of refrigerators, sinks, and stoves (the kitchen trifecta); insufficient counter space or storage; things breaking or peeling; and poor lighting. All tiles should also be checked for grout or caulking on the edges, as well as uneven surfaces.
Be Clear on Timelines and Costs
Once you and the contractor have reviewed your vision for the kitchen remodel, you should be sure to establish as specific a timeline as possible for all the work’s completion. You should also ask the contractor to be as clear as possible about the total costs for the project.
Ensure the Quality of Work Continues Throughout the Process
This may sound obvious, but verifying that a contractor and his/her team maintains high-quality work throughout the duration of your kitchen renovation is paramount. Ultimately, it’s important to make sure the contractor you hire is honest and ethical. Never feel pressured into accepting a bid (some contractors will attempt to get homeowners and landlords to sign as quickly as possible by claiming they can only complete bids for a limited time.
Team Up with Monumental for the Best Work in Your Area
Speak to the experienced professionals at Monumental Contractors to learn more about the type of work you can expect to be completed for your kitchen renovation. Although based in Chantilly, Virginia, Monumental — a family-owned and operated company — serves many clients throughout the D.C. Metro area.
Monumental’s business is based almost exclusively on referrals and has received excellent customer reviews for their high-quality work. They are committed to helping you transform your kitchen into a modern and aesthetically pleasing area, which can increase the value of your home. Their kitchen remodeling process essentially consists of consulting, creating a design agreement, scheduling a pre-construction meeting, performing a construction and quality check, and then conducting a final inspection. Call Monumental today at 703-552-9626 or contact them online for more information or to schedule a free design appointment.