14 October 2008

Finding the right contractor is another problem before you get the new dreaming kitchen. Find this guy should be compatible and has the same vision and point of view with you. So, How I find this contractor?

Ask For Referrals
Ask relatives, friends and neighbors who they have had good experiences with. This is the easiest thing to do. From other people experience, we can learn the positive and negative things when using the contractor service. You can also ask them how the contractor handled problems. Would them use the same contractor again?

Look At Credentials After you get the recommendation, do some preliminary research. Find out whether the contractor holds all the required licenses from the state and local municipalities, certificate, as well as designations from any professional associations :
  • The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA)
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
  • The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)
Be aware, however, that all certifications are not created equal.

Find and Interview Candidates
Write down the list of contenders, and set up meetings. Sometimes, too many candidates make too confusing trying to make a decision. A list of questions to ask potential contractors can be found on NARI's website. How a contractor answers questions is extremely important, but communication goes both ways. This is a longstanding relationship. You have to trust the person you're working with.

Go Check the References
You can ask to see some of the contractor's projects that has already done. you can evaluate whether you like the contractor’s job or not. If they meet with approval, request references and then call to verify them.

Make the Judgement
Take a look at the documents, lay out or proposal he or she has prepared for you. Do they look professional? Scrutinize the contract. Make sure that the written agreement, includes :
  • Bid price and payment schedule
  • Scope of work
  • A site plan
  • A sequential schedule of primary construction tasks
  • A change-order clause
  • A written procedural list for close-out
  • An express limited warranty
  • A clause about dispute resolution and a waiver of lien
If everything checks out, go ahead sign on contract line with confidence.

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