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Kitchen Renovation Support

Kitchen remodeling project oversight and contracting

So you have decided that it's time to remodel or renovate your kitchen. But you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of having to find and hire several contractors. Questions arise such as; Which contractors can you trust? Will they do a quality job? Will they show up? Will they stay on budget? Will they finish the job? Will they honor their price as quoted? The very first thing you need to ask yourself before you charge into a major renovation is: Can I handle any unforeseen cost overruns if they occur and still manage to finish the job? If the answer is no, consider delaying your project until you can say yes. If you can say yes, consider that little thing called time. Where will you personally find the time to manage and plan and oversee all these contractors? If you are not sure how to answer that, then you should consider hiring some help to assist you in managing the project and minimize issues?

All of these are questions you need to give serious consideration to if you are going to take on a major kitchen renovation. There are ways to protect your bottom line plus insure that the work gets done properly without carrying all the burdens on your own back. You have two options.

First option: Hire professional planning support

Description: Get support, but don’t pay extra markups on material and labor and stay involved

Solution: Hire New Affordable Kitchens as your professional consultant

New Affordable Kitchens will help you manage your project as a team. Initially you will meet with a New Affordable Kitchens consultant to agree on the scope of the project and our involvement and to discuss an hourly rate for the consultants time. The first meeting is free. New Affordable Kitchens will draw up an agreement. After an agreement is signed the consultant will bill on an hourly basis with invoices issued weekly. You will only pay for the consultants time spent planning with you, meeting with you, checking on progress on site, plus travel time to and from the site. Together with the consultant you will create a plan of oversight and responsibility and then work together as a team to execute that plan until your project is completed. The consultants time will be planned out so as to meet your budget, so be honest about your budget and what you are willing to spend for support. Be willing to pay a reasonable retainer in advance. Be willing to share some of the oversight responsibility if the consultants time is limited by your budget. Be willing to stick to an overall plan or task list. The consultant will provide fill in support if you need to leave town or go away during the project. The consultant will help you find trusted, reputable trade professionals. As the homeowner it will be your responsibility to contract directly with and pay any trades people who are hired for their time and material.

Second option: Hire a general contractor for the whole project

Description: Pay just one person or company and let them look after all the other details. Willing to pay a little extra for a fixed cost and a set project timeline.

Solution: Hire New Affordable Kitchens to look after the entire project for you or hire one of our quality contracting partners that is advertising on this page.

If exact cost certainty is important to you then be willing to pay a little more to hire a general contractor. Carefully choose your general contractor. Interview them by phone or ask questions when they visit to give an estimate.

It is always a good idea to request more than one estimate to make sure you are getting an honest price. If you receive a lower priced estimate from another contractor don't feel like you have to automatically go with them. Give yourself time to think about it, don't be rushed or allow yourself to be pressured by a contractor to close a deal. Making a snap decision is the first big no-no in renovations. Being pressured to “give in” or “agree” on the spot is like contractor bullying and is a critical telltale that the contractor might be trouble and not a good listener or care about your input or concerns. If you’re being pressured more than is acceptable, consider going with another contractor.

If you are comfortable with a contractor, ask for customer references and to visit a couple of their past jobs in person. Ask questions about what the scope of their responsibility was on that particular job. You may do this with two or three contractors to get a true feel for their work. When you feel that you have found the contractor you want, invite them to meet with you in person in a more relaxed atmosphere over coffee or tea. Discuss any unanswered details and settle on a final price. At this point, when you ask a question, listen very carefully and take notes and date them, they could be a lifesaver later on if things go sideways. If another contractor tabled a better price earlier, now is the time to discuss any pricing differences before you put pen to paper. Work out any differences and let the contractor explain why there is a difference. Usually this process results in some give and take and you may get a slightly better price that is based on your willing acceptance of a less pricey product or process. The way to look at this situation is that at least you have the choice. Finally agree upon a fixed budget or final number and payment schedule as well as work timeline. Put it all in writing, sign it and then let the contractor do his job.

Finding a reliable general contractor means a lot less worries for you. It will then be up to the general contractor to hire other trades and to pay them for their work. A note of courtesy. If you let other contractors quote but decide not to hire them, call them and let them know you gave the job to someone else. They will respect you and be more willing to work for you in the future if the situation changes.