Westchester Kitchen Installation
So you have your Kitchen Design and now you ordered your Kitchen Cabinets. It's time to Install your Kitchen!
MEET WITH THE SELECTED CONTRACTORS
Is it necessary to meet with the general contractor for your kitchen renovation personally before hiring them?
If you want to have a detailed and complete understanding of what can be accomplished with your kitchen renovation project and how your contractor can make it happen, a personal visit with them is always recommended. It is even better if a prospective contractor can meet you at your home to make preliminary inspection of your kitchen area much easier. It will also serve as a preliminary discussion where you can ask for an estimate of the project, ask them questions on parts and materials you are not aware of or don't fully understand, and check their portfolio. After all, a face-toface discussion is always better than going through emails back and forth.
review your proposal
When you ask for bids and proposals, you have to make sure that you document a complete overview of the project. It should be based on the project’s scope of work or the entire job description the contractor will be doing. It should be detailed from the work preparation, protection of the existing spaces of the house or the surroundings, the cleanup after the job, and others.
The scope of work involving the project should include the following:
• Timeline of the project
When reviewing a proposal, you might want to include the timeframe of the project. If it is a simple renovation, there shouldn't be a reason the project should last a month or more. How fast the contractor can work and finish the job might also be one of your deciding factors in hiring them.
• Estimated cost
Since you may have set your budget, you might want to consider hiring a general contractor that can work within it. It might also be one of the deciding factors when you hire a contractor for the renovation project.
• Unhooking and rehooking of plumbing system
Plumbing work such as cleaning the clogged drains is often priced per foot, but it can usually be negotiated.
The preparation of the paint surface should be detailed since it can make or break the entire paint job. The process that will be used in scraping the paint from the surface and other safety measures like protecting the surrounding areas should be defined.
• Other work
It should include details about other work in the renovation project such as in handling electrical systems, cabinetry, and others.
submit the proposal
The planning stage of a kitchen remodel is not as easy as you think it is. The process can take a lot of time especially when there are problems with the communication between you, your contractor, and the kitchen designer. It is why open communication should not be taken for granted.
When you decided to go forth with the renovation of your kitchen, you searched for the ideal general contractor for the job, and that includes having a kitchen designer. You talked with your designer about your vision for your future kitchen. Then, the contractor reviews and approves the preliminary layout.
If you have issues or suggestions with the first design, you should work with both the designer and the contractor. Finalize the design and plans. Make sure the plan contains all the details you want to be accomplished during and after the renovation process. Do you prefer stained cabinets or painted ones? Finalize your kitchen plans like a pro.
• Create complete documentation of the project scope of work. Put everything in one place — all the details from plans and designs, the types of work, who should work on specific tasks, and the exact materials to be used.
• Ensure that your contractors have the proper license and insurance. For your own sake, these documents should be guaranteed.
After all that, the planning stage is done. You will now face more technical documents like securing the contracts for the job as well as the permit. It is also where you get that detailed estimate of the entire project.
Once everything is all set, you can now sign the contract and hand the proposal and design plans to your hired contractor.