Hey there, are you ready to take the plunge and revamp your kitchen? That’s fantastic! The prospect of a shimmering new kitchen is always exhilarating. But, let’s be real, locating the ideal remodeler can seem like a tall task. However, don’t worry! We’re here to help you navigate this journey, step by step, so you can find the perfect Chicago remodeling contractor who can turn your dream kitchen into reality. So, buckle up, and let’s get started!
Start with a comprehensive online hunt for potential kitchen remodeling contractors in the Chicago area. Take a deep dive into their portfolios and read reviews. It’s pretty safe to say if your potential contractor has a good reputation or 100 positive reviews you are likely in good hands. It is very important to use this stage to see if their work aligns with your vision. Also, consider personal recommendations – they can often be a gold mine of reliable information. From friends who recently renovated their kitchens to colleagues who know someone in the business, every bit of information can lead you closer to your perfect match.
Once you’ve shortlisted some potential candidates, it’s time to check their credentials. Many forget that one of the most important steps in finding the right match is to make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. Taking on the responsibility of remodeling a kitchen is no small task! This is a crucial step as it protects you from any unforeseen circumstances. Remember, it’s not just about finding a contractor; it’s about finding a trustworthy partner for your project.
It’s recommended to narrow down your potential contractors to three choices and then meet with all three of them. This is an excellent opportunity to assess their professionalism, work ethics, and most importantly, to see if you click together. You can really get a feel for how someone operates with this step. After all, you’ll be working closely with this person, so it’s essential that you get along well. Throughout the construction process, sometimes tough conversations have to be had. The better you vibe with your contractor, the easier these moments can be.
During these meetings, make sure you clearly communicate your expectations. Some questions you should consider asking here are: who is providing the finishing material, what those materials consist of, questions about timeline expectations, as well as inquiries about the quality of work that will be provided. The better the initial conversations about your project are, the better your contractor can deliver on your vision. Remember, it’s your dream kitchen, and every little detail matters.
Your contractor brings a wealth of experience to the table, so value their advice. They might offer some great insights and innovative solutions that you hadn’t thought of! Even though you have a certain idea of what you want, make sure to listen and be open-minded. The average homeowner has likely remodeled less than two kitchens in their entire lifetime, while the typical contractor has done dozens and dozens. Some of the ideas they have you may want to consider.
Their concerns will be valid based on experience and need to be absorbed. Remember, you arrange this initial meeting based on their reviews and the quality of the previous work that they’ve executed. There may be limitations to what you want or costs that escalate because of those ideas.
Meetings usually take about an hour, and afterward, it is recommended that both sides are allotted time to absorb all the information and then email any further questions or thoughts that arise. It is extremely important to do everything by writing. The purpose is not to question people as much as it is to have a record so that the things you’ve discussed don’t slip through the cracks.
Throughout the process, maintain a record of all your discussions and decisions. We use an online platform, CoConstruct, to keep an online catalog of all conversations to do with client-project coordinator relations. This helps avoid any confusion or misunderstandings later on and ensures everyone’s on the same page.
When you receive your quote, make sure you understand all the details. What does it include? Are there any hidden costs? When are the payments due? At Areté Renovators, we prefer to go over estimates in a meeting, whether virtual or in person. This is not only so that our estimator can explain the entire contract to the client, but also so that the client can get any information needed or express concerns about the contract. Clarity at this stage can prevent a lot of headaches later!
Once you’re satisfied with the quote, we move on to scheduling the project and paying the initial deposit. This should be the stage where the contractor does the work for you. When you work with the Areté team, you can sit back, relax, and watch as your dream kitchen starts to take shape!
You’ve done your research and chosen your contractor for the right reasons, so trust them to do their job. Avoid micromanaging and let them bring your vision to life. If you actively second guess everything they are doing, this can cause your project to take twice as long and be a much more difficult experience for everyone involved. Remind yourself the reason you hired them is because they have done this a thousand times and you wanted their experience. They’re the experts, after all!
While it’s crucial to trust your contractor, having regular check-ins is equally important. This ensures you stay updated on the progress and any potential issues can be addressed promptly. As stated before, we use the online platform, CoConstruct, to communicate everything concerning your project to you directly. This includes daily updates about what’s happening at the job site. Your Areté project coordinator will also address safety precautions with you, as well as the stages at which you should visit the construction site to see the progress and/or make decisions.
Once the work is completed, inspect it thoroughly. Make sure everything meets your expectations. Any issues should be expressed to your contractor and they should make it a priority to address these concerns immediately.
After the project is completed to your satisfaction, consider leaving a review for your contractor. This not only helps them but also assists future clients like you who are searching for a reliable kitchen remodeler.
So there you have it, your comprehensive guide to finding the ideal kitchen remodeler. Follow these steps and before you know it, you’ll be whipping up a beautiful meal in your equally beautifully remodeled kitchen. And remember, if you’re still not sure where to start, we at Areté Renovators are always here to help turn your dream kitchen into a reality! Contact us at 773.683.3033 today to schedule a consultation and let our experienced professionals take it from there.