When you hire a kitchen contractor, you’re going to want to make sure you’re on the same page, both figuratively and literally. Go over every single detail to make sure that there’s no miscommunication over the work being done and the terms. The following are five important things that you’ll want to go over with your kitchen contractor and that you want to make sure make it into your contract:
The Work Being Done
Make sure that you go over every single aspect of the project, down to the type of materials being used and the color of the paint. All of this should be included in your contract. Look over the contract to make sure everything is included. Even if the contractor says it’s “understood” have it added. If it’s not done properly or even the most minor element is missing from the finished project, they can charge you on top of the agreed payment because it’s not in the contract.
Not only should you discuss how much the project will be once it’s completed, but the milestones for when payments are due. Reputable contractors will never charge you full price at the beginning of the project–which means you should be wary about any that do (or who charge a significant percentage upfront).
Generally speaking, you should be charged no more than ten percent of the total cost upfront. The rest of the payments should be scheduled according to certain parts of the project are finished. For example, once the kitchen floor is installed, or once the cabinets are installed. The final payment, once the entire job is done, should be upwards of 33 percent of the cost. This ensures that the contractor will come back and finish up even the smallest of details.
Start and End Dates
You should agree on a start and end date ahead of the project so that you can schedule around it accordingly. Keep in mind that delays do happen, which can push your end date. However, having the agreed start and end dates in the contract will help you in case of a legal dispute (for example, if the contractor is taking way too long to finish and it’s gone well past the end date).
Ask the contractor to include a statement in the contract detailing that any changes that might affect the cost of the project have to be priced in writing and countersigned by both the homeowner and the contractor before work is done. This helps prevent the contractor from doing work that will cost you more money without your approval, whether it was on purpose or due to miscommunication.
Remodeling contracts often include clauses stipulating that any disputes will be resolved by an arbitrator. This is a good thing since it will save time and money. However, make sure that the contractor doesn’t require you to use a specific arbitrator.
These are a few of the important things that you should go over with your kitchen contractor. Make sure that when you go over them, that you get them in writing in your contract. Don’t just trust that the contractor will do what you talked about — if it’s not in the contract, then they may not end up doing it. This can happen on purpose or by mistake, but you’ll have no recourse in court due to the fact that it wasn’t in the contract. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and would like information about our Conestoga RTA cabinets, then be sure to contact us at Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.