Kitchen Renovation Checklist – Choosing The Right Renovation Company in Auckland
Choosing to remodel your kitchen is a major decision. There are a number of things to consider and hiring the right professional for the project is one of them. While it can be quite a tedious task to get the right kitchen renovator, having a kitchen renovation checklist can significantly ease the process. The following are the kitchen renovation checklists for hiring a renovator.
Are They Local?
When doing kitchen renovations, it is important to work with a local company. This is because local contractors know exactly what’s going on in your local area. They can also complete your renovations faster as their products and workers are sourced locally.
When renovating your kitchen, it is important to work with a renovator that has experience in kitchen renovations. This will ensure that they are better prepared for any challenges they might face in the course of the project.
When hiring a kitchen renovator, it is important to ask for proof of insurance. Any professional kitchen renovator should have insurance which protects him and you against any liability in case something goes wrong in the course of the project. You can check with the insurance company to make sure the insurance is valid.
A good renovator should have all the necessary credentials which include licenses and permits that allow them to work as a building professional in Auckland. If they do not, don’t it is not wise to hire them.
Personally interview candidates
Get a list of potential candidates, set up a meeting with them and ask them about their previous projects. From the interview, you can determine if you want to give your project to them or not.
When you have successfully interviewed the contractor, ask them to provide at least two references. People they have worked with in the past and can vouch for their competence. Ask for photos of completed projects and even ask to see one or two. Meet with the references they provide and ask about the contractor and if they are satisfied with the quality of work done.
Are they professional?
Before and during the interview, check how well the contractor presents himself. How he handles his tools. The kitchen is a delicate part of the house and any contractor you hire must do a neat and good job. If it looks as if the contractor does not have proper coordination, then you can expect the same attitude towards your project.
Do they clean up after the renovation is completed?
It is important to know the clean-up policy of a contractor before hiring them. You have to find out if they would clean up every day before leaving or they would leave everything until the whole remodelling is done (leaving debris and tools lying around). Good renovation companies should tidy up each day after work and do a complete clean when the renovation is completed.
Get everything in writing
After selecting a contractor, it important to write a contract and have it signed. The contract should include everything from the start and stop dates of the project, work hours, quote and billing procedure. Make sure the contract is thorough and well written
Get Several Quotes
A good contractor will provide detailed quotes and expectations for your kitchen renovation. Meet several companies and get different quotes to compare what suits your interests best. This checklist will help you weed out the companies that are not suited for your project and take you in the right direction of finding the company for you.
Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?
Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.
However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.
Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.
Need more information?
Take advantage of our FREE Complete Home Renovation Guide (48 pages), whether you’re already renovating or in the process of deciding to renovate, it’s not an easy process, this guide which includes a free 100+ point check list – will help you avoid costly mistakes.
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