remodeled bellingham kitchen

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade that kitchen. You know it will cost quite a bit, and you want to be sure it is done right, with as few headaches as possible.

Nervous about hiring that contractor? Not to worry! Here are 5 steps you can take to ensure a smoothly running project with the outcome you want.

  1. Ask for recommendations from people you know for companies they are happy with.
  2. Research online for information on the type of projects you’re considering. That will give you a heads up on what the contractor is saying, and you will know what questions to ask.
  3. Verify that the contractor has the credentials required by your state. Ask for proof of insurance so you won’t get stuck with the bill if a worker is injured on your property.
  4. Be sure to get a written contract that details the exact work to be performed and the start date. Some contractors will use a scheduling program to estimate dates when specific phases of the job will occur.
  5. Contact your local home builders association for the names of member builders and remodelers; NAHB    and the BIAWC are excellent resources.

NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) has a more comprehensive list of contractor search criteria.