So you’ve decided to take the leap and remodel your kitchen.
Whether this is your first time remodeling, or you’ve done it before, it’s (almost) never a good idea to do it alone.
Hiring a contractor helps to relieve the stress that can come from a big home improvement project.
Every remodeling contractor has an individual design process…
And selecting the best Tulsa kitchen remodeling contractor for your project can seem daunting.
In this post, we are going to cover 5 key steps to take when choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor.
And – we’ll share some tips and tricks to achieve the before and after of your dreams.
Let’s get to it.
Step #1 – Create a list of kitchen remodeling contractors in Tulsa
To get started, you should devote some time to making a list of all your available options.
Google is a great place to begin the search and offers plenty of valuable information, along with links to local contractor websites.
But don’t forget about the Tulsa Home Builders Association, as searching their directory can give great insight into local Tulsa companies that may not have as much exposure on Google.
Of course, you should also ask your friends, family and neighbors!
Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and your friends can tell you exactly how their experience was with the remodeling contractor they hired.
Social media is also a great place to look. Not only is it great for design inspiration, but it may offer a more behind-the-scenes look at how that contractor does business.
Step #2 – Research the reviews and portfolios of each remodeling contractor
Now that you have a list of your favorite remodeling contractors in Tulsa…
It’s time to do some research!
You want to make sure that your renovation is done correctly. Start by reading the online reviews of the contractors you listed.
- Did they listen to their clients?
- How do the before and after pictures look?
- Are there recurring good (or bad) sentiments in their reviews?
While checking Google is a given, Yelp may be another helpful tool to read reviews.
If you’re concerned about the integrity of a contractor, check their profile on the Tulsa Better Business Bureau to see if there are any red flags.
If you want a new kitchen island or maybe an exciting new tile backsplash, make sure all the contractors on your list have the skills and experience to accomplish exactly what you want.
A peek at the contractors’ portfolios (on their website or social media) can help you see what type of projects they have completed in the past.
Step #3 – Contact contractors to discuss your kitchen design and project idea
Once you have read some reviews and looked over portfolios, I’m sure you were able to cross out some of your initial options.
So now that you have a shortlist of your favorite contractors, it’s time to make a few calls.
Calling and scheduling appointments to talk to remodeling contractors about your design will help to bring that design to life.
There are many things to discuss with a contractor before making the final decision.
Here are a few questions you should ask any kitchen remodeling contractor before making the final decision:
- How long has the company been in business?
- How many years of experience do you have in kitchen remodeling?
- Do you offer free estimates for kitchen remodeling?
- Will I be receiving a firm quote or a budget estimate?
- What’s your process for handling change orders?
- Does my project fit within the type of work that you do well?
- Will you be working with me personally, or will you assign a project manager?
- Are you a licensed and insured? (check this)
- Can you give me some references or referrals?
- Can you show me photos of some of your most recent projects?
For a detailed list of even more questions, check out this article on HomeAdvisor.
Being able to work well and communicate well with your contractor is one the most important things to consider when choosing a remodeling contractor.
Step #4 – Check references given by your preferred contractor
References are direct sources of information about the remodeling contractors on your list.
You should ask for and reach out to at least 3 references for each. This will give you a thorough idea of their abilities and how they work with other people.
While it may seem like a waste of time to call and email around, it can ultimately save a lot of stress.
Some questions you might want to discuss with references would be:
- How did they do with the timeline?
- Did the contractor go over budget?
- Are you satisfied overall with the quality of your project?
- Were there any issues with employees working in your home?
References help narrow down your options and move you along to hiring a quality Tulsa remodeling contractor.
Step #5 – Get a quote (or estimate) for your kitchen remodel and make your choice
Ask for a written quote.
Don’t rely on verbal promises and discussions.
A quote provides you, the homeowner, with vital information about the project such as:
- Scope of work
- Materials to be used
- Cost & Timeline
- Work schedule
- Warranties, etc.
Be sure that during this stage the contractors are able to visit your home, so they get a true idea of the layout and requirements of your kitchen remodeling project.
Communication is key.
The more detail you can give the contractors, the better and more accurate the quote will be.
In this step, certain choices (such as different cabinet and countertop materials or brands for appliances) can affect the overall design and cost of your kitchen remodel.
For instance, countertops can come in granite, quartz, marble, concrete, tile, Corian, stainless steel, etc.
Each one may have certain advantages or disadvantages for your particular project.
Your remodeling contractor will help you make the best choice for your home.
Once you have had a chance to personally meet with each of your prospective contractors, and you’ve received your quotes.
It’s time time to make a final decision.
Each bid should provide sufficient detail in terms of the scope of work, pricing and timeline for your project.
Some red flags would be dramatic over pricing or under pricing.
When reviewing the bids, cutting corners in cost, might cost you in the long run.
Experience and ability should be high contributors in your final decision.
Be sure to compare your kitchen remodel project to those the contractors have done in the past.
Choose your Tulsa remodeling contractor!
The contractor will draw up the final contract for your project.
Be sure to read over it very carefully to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want.
As the project proceeds, keep the lines of communication wide open, and feel free to ask questions if you have any.
Selecting the best Tulsa kitchen remodeling contractor for your home will make a world of difference.
Need Help With Kitchen Remodeling?
Kitchen remodeling is not easy, especially if you’ve never done it before. If you need help, contact a trusted local Tulsa remodeling contractor. In addition to kitchen remodeling, we offer a complete range of construction services for indoor and outdoor projects.
918 Construction is licensed and insured for your protection. Call us at (918) 943-3063.