How to Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in Phoenix

1. Only Hire Licensed Contractors in Phoenix

Interview and hire licensed contractors. To check if a contractor is licensed through the state of Arizona you can look up their license number at www.azroc.gov or by calling 602-542-1525 or toll free at 1-877-MYAZROC.

2. Verify References

Check Phoenix NARI at www.nari.org for a list of its members in your area. It’s generally a good idea to ask for at least three references of recent kitchen remodeling jobs completed from your contractor. This can give you a good idea on the contractor’s relationships with their clients and if their kitchen remodeling process is the right one for you.

3. Check the Better Business Bureau

Check with your states local better business bureau to make sure the contractor does not have a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors. Not all contractors are member’s of the BBB, but it is still a good idea to use contractors that are for your kitchen remodeling project.

4. Licensed Subcontractors in Phoenix

Obtain a list of all subcontractors who will be used during your kitchen remodeling project to make sure they are all properly licensed. A General Contractor is only as good as the subcontractors he chooses. Subcontractors will probably be at the jobsite (your house) more than the General Contractor you choose so it is important you know who they are and their history. For your kitchen, make sure you understand the type of cabinets that will be used, some contractors will use custom cabinet makers and others may buy wholesale. See which options are best for you and fit within your budget.

5. Make Sure All Agreements are in Writing

It is imperative that all agreements are made in writing including all changes made to the initial home remodeling agreement.

6. Don’t Let Price Be Your Guide

Usually the lowest bid is cutting corners or desperate for home remodeling work. This can cost you more in the long run. The most important factor should be how comfortable you feel with the contractor and his technical competence to give you want you want. Communication is key, it is important to judge how well you and he or she communicates.

7. Meet Face to Face

Based on phone interviews select three contractors to meet in person for estimates and further discussion of the your home remodel. Be sure to have important questions you may have about the home remodeling process. It is a long and thorough process so it is important your contractor has strong answers.

8. Keep Records

Keep detailed records of everything related to the project including a payment receipt file. You may know your General Contractor personally, but it is still good practice to make sure everything is in writing.

9. Workers’ Compensation

Confirm that all contractors working on your project have workers compensation insurance for employees.

10. Payment Schedule & Final Inspection

Make sure your contract has a breakdown of payments based on worked completed. Do not make payments ahead of schedule or before work is completed and be cautious if a large down payment is requested. DO NOT make the final payment until you are satisfied with the work performed.