Be sure to start with recommendations. Ask around among family, friends and co-workers to find out what companies they used for remodels. Be sure that they detail their experiences with their contractors and tell you what the best and worst characteristics of each one were. You also can reach out to a contractor and ask for his or her referrals. Reach out to them and ask for their opinions. They may even let you see the completed work either in person, or though pictures.
Interview potential contractors on the phone. Be sure when you make your calls you know the approximate dimensions of your kitchen. Specifically with bespoke designed kitchens, you want to ensure that your contractor knows you desire to create a customized kitchen. With the dimensions, you give them a good idea of what they have to work with. During your phone interview also ask about projects they may have completed of the same dynamic. Ask for their timelines, pictures and any additional referrals they may want to share.
Move on to in-person interviews with contractors. Likely you can narrow down your list of potential contractors from your phone interviews. When you decide on the final three, schedule in-house meetings. Take note of each contractor’s demeanor. You want someone who will work with you. Remember that creating a customized kitchen that is exactly what you dream of takes communication. Your contractor is going to have to be great at listening to your needs and following through on them. Finally, check each contractor’s profile with the BBB, Better Business Bureau. This will ensure that you are covering your choice from a personal standpoint and a business one.
Use bids to help make your decision. The next step for creating your handmade bespoke designed kitchen is to get specific bids for the projects. Your contractor should have a complete blueprint set, a detailed understanding of what you want, and the budget breakdown. You should know exactly what he or she is spending for what part of the remodel/build. Once you have bids, compare them. They should be somewhat similar in pricing and if there are any major discrepancies, you should ask your contractor why.
Consider price, but consider the whole package first. Pricing is a major consideration, but it shouldn’t be the entire decision-maker. You should consider workmanship, specialty, experience and even personality before making the final decision. You want to be confident with your entire contractor’s package- not just the price.
Remember the paperwork. Once you decide on the right contractor, be diligent about getting the paperwork in order. You want the contract with all details outlined specifically and concisely. You should also request a timeline in the contract so you know when the project will be completed. Finally, make sure you have proof of liability insurance.
Finding the perfect contractor to create a handmade, bespoke designed kitchen to your style takes time and effort. However, once you have the right one, you are going to rest assured that your perfect kitchen is on the way.