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Lise Simms gives you tips on how to contract out your kitchen remodeling.
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Lise Simms: Hi everybody! I’m Lise Simms here with five facts you need to know about hiring a contractor or kitchen designer and working with them on the kitchen of your dreams. Fact number one get references, that’s obvious. I’m sure you have family or friend or even neighbors who’ve already had there kitchens remodeled and it’s a great place to start. Check it out pick pictures if you like what you see ask them to refer there contractor or kitchen designer. Next step, schedule an appointment to see there portfolio, at that point which you are really enforce there overall style is that something you’re interested in? Terrific, if you are excited about it you want to ask them to see a work in progress, this is a very common request and it’s a great opportunity for you to see a kitchen remodel in progress. Checkout the crew, these are the people that are going to be in your home day after day. And then it’s time to ask these clients very specific questions. Did you enjoy working with this contractor or kitchen designer? Did they stick to your time schedule? Did they stick to your budget? If there were problems were they willing to listen to you and men did they go to have to make the necessary corrections? Once you have all that information, we may go to fact number two times to do your own research. I know it’s time consuming but you really want to find out that your working with someone who’s experience because after all that are going to be in your home day after day after day. This is your chance to check out there materials supplier or there subcontractors and asks them questions like does this person pay you on time? Are they financially responsible? Would you work with them again? If they would always a good sign, don’t hesitate to check out the better business Bureau as well or maybe a Trade Union or your local building department. They will be able to tell you things like how long this persons been in business and find out if they have an actual business address I always try to drive by. You want to building you can refer to if a problem arises. To time to move to fact number three, getting competitive bits. And you want to make sure that those bits are detailed as possible and at the list a time line for the project. So what do I mean by detail? Well you want those bits to outline to the materials, the labor, the timeline and all the product to use. So you can actually compare apples to apples, if you are going with laminate countertops you want all the bits to show the cost for comparable laminate countertops. Saving with cabinets do you want semi costume? All the bits you show the cost of comparable semi costume cabinets and I wouldn’t necessarily go with the lowest bid you actually need to examine the time of material as use or realistic base on the quilt. Let me give you ideas of a typical schedule it will starts with my favorite part demolition also known as tear out. Then we move on to any structural changes that you’re making so that’s moving walls raising ceilings and your doors and windows are installed. At this point they are going to do your electrical and your plumbing preparation. If your floor needs some prep that’s happen too. We start to dry wall and we move all the way to painting and walls are down and now you can let’s go in. This is so exciting followed by your countertops and the electrical and the plumbing cut out which means they finish map. Finally your finish four you can go in right now and then they roll in as beautiful no appliances, oh fabulous you’re done. I know it sounds like a lot, it does but if you do of the work now all your relationships with the people you working it would be better, which means your whole remodel this is going to be terrific. Fact number four, negotiate contract. I know, who likes to negotiate contract? But you do need to be comfortable with the terms financially and also time wise before you decide to move forward and agree to anything. Communicating this at this point in the game is really going to set the stage from open, productive relationship with your contractor or designer as you move forward. Please ask for a lean release or a lean waiver from all sub contractors or material suppliers. This is going to indicate that they have been paid directly in full by the contractor which means they cannot play on your house for lack of payment. Let’s take us to fact number five, set the ground floor. So you pick out your contractor and you have your kitchen designer and you’re ready to move forward. It’s really time to have a friendly discussion and set up your ground walls. You need to discuss with your contract were his rights to enter your home. Do you have to be there you can give a key? If you have pet make sure they know if they can let them in or out. And how clean do you expect the work site to be at the end of the day. Also you might ask for copies of driver’s licenses or any other work that might be in your home. And you know at this point its good time to handle how you are going to discuss any changes or extras that come up set a weekly meeting. A time to meet and make sure everybody is happy, and makes sure every thing on schedule. And then its easy, just get out of there way and let them do what they do. Of course you should check in periodically and make sure it seems to be going along well. If you see a problem arising mentions it, it’s your right and then you know if you see something good mention that too. These are professionals, they really proud of the work they do, tell them they don’t get to hear at merely enough. So there you have it and don’t forget, come right back straight to me for five more facts on making your dream kitchen a reality. I’m Lise Simms and thanks for stopping by.
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