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Pro’s and Con’s of hiring a “Contractor”

It’s ultimately your decision…

I am often surprised when people tell me that they went to the Box store and in Virginia Beach and ordered their Cabinets to remodel there Kitchen. That the girl was very helpful and designed it for them. Three basic questions pop up in my head. Who measured it? Who verified it? And did you get any references about work they have done? The next question is who is going to Demo the old? And who is responsible for disposal? Who is going to install it? Do you have a Plumber? Do you have an electrician? Wall repairs? Painting? Flooring? Did you know that a Kitchen has a foot print..?

I had a client many years ago, who redid their floor. It was absolutely beautiful! Then they decided that the cabinets and tops were next. They had it designed delivered and installed, and while the cabinets and tops were absolutely beautiful there was gaps between the floor and the new cabinets. Hmmm? “The foot print”. They asked the contractor what he was going to do and the contractor said I was hired to install it. Flooring is not my job. They went back to the designer and they got the same answer. Hmm? Now what..? Believe it or not it happens more often than you think. Or they now have an outlet behind or above the range. Or no outlet for that new refrigerator, or the new Microwave over the range, no water line for the ice maker. Did you know that the Microwave over the range requires its own circuit? If you connect to the existing circuit that powered the standard hood you may experience power outages when the circuit breaker pops…

I could go on and on, as remodeling a kitchen is not easy and there are so many variables that for the most part not one person does it all, and to be candid, be weary of the guy who does. All legitimate contractor should have liability Insurance and workman’s comp. Did you know that if the contractor or sub-contractor does not have workers comp and someone got hurt in your house, the worker could sue you and the Contractor?

Complicated, not really… if you know what you’re doing. The process is simple, but time consuming, and like any project there are “gotchya”... things you didn’t know were important. Having a Goal is important, but having a plan is how you achieve the goal. Here are the basic questions you need to ask yourself and the people who are going to help you. Avoid relatives and family unless you trust them implicitly. They are the first ones that want more money than what they said, or are the ones who quit because their feelings got hurt… You laugh, but it is the truth…

Questions:

  1. Do you want very nice or just simply want new stuff?
  2. Are you in a hurry? Like your Kitchen is Broken… or you have plans to entertain others, party, wedding, etc… Don’t be in a hurry, Big Mistake..!
  3. How much do you want to spend? Put a limit on it, yet always be able to go over if you have to. Do you have the cash, plus some
  4. Who is going to be responsible for it all? You or a contractor? Responsibility comes with financial liability… and even though you talked about it, this is your project and the Buck stops in your court…
  5. Who is going to design it? Are they qualified to do so? Do they have References?
  6. Who is going to verify measurements and design, and are they responsible (again, Liability).
  7. Who is going to install it? and are they responsible (again, Liability).
  8. Who is responsible for the following list; Plumbing, Electrical, Wall Repairs, Paint, Flooring, Appliances, Warranty, and more…
  9. Unless you know it all… Get help, and use people who are qualified and insured… Your brother in-law who does all his own work, may not be able to afford to replace your house due to a mistake that burnt your house down. Just a thought…
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