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8 questions about your cabinet door installer

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

There are several steps to take when choosing the right contractor to work with your cabinet doors. You should look into the history of the company, how long it has been in business and whether the contractor holds all the appropriate licenses and certifications required by your state and local area. You should also ask for references, a list of former customers who can give you the real scoop on what it's like to work with a particular contractor.

But once you have those references in hand, what should you ask them? The questions you ask can make a big difference when it comes time to choose a bid.

Questions to ask about your contractor

Whether you are simply having your cabinet doors stained or you are looking for a complete custom kitchen cabinetry job, it pays to know more about the person who will practically be living in your kitchen for a while. Here are a few questions to ask when you call up that list of references:

  1. What was your experience with this contractor? What was the scope of your project?
  2. Are you happy with how your kitchen looks now?
  3. Was the final cost of the job close to the estimate? Were there any unforeseen expenses?
  4. Did the contractor ask for your permission before tackling any unexpected issues?
  5. Did the contractor always show up on time?
  6. Were you kept up-to-date on the status of the project? Was it completed in the time frame you expected?
  7. Did the contractor clean up every day?
  8. How strongly would you recommend this contractor?

If the answers to all of these questions are promising, ask if you can look at the work. Some references will be happy to let you visit in order to see what work was done on their kitchen, but don't take it personally if they say "no" -- it just might not be the right time for them, or they might be uncomfortable with allowing a stranger into their home. However, do try to find at least one reference that will allow you to take a look at the job done by the contractor so you can be sure of the quality of work.

Finally, take into account everything you have learned about the competing contractors in order to make the best choice. Look at their references, history, license and insurance standing, warranties, any subcontractors used and of course, the estimate on the work. Whether your job is small and takes only a few days or entails a custom kitchen cabinetry overhaul that takes several weeks, the right contractor can make your investment shine.



About the Author
Shannon Lee has written professionally for two decades on a wide variety of topics, including medical and health issues, home repair, education and relationships.




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