Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
The Dish on Hiring a Kitchen Contractorby Sue Booth
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Hiring a contractor to make your kitchen renovations is your best bet. How do you go about hiring a contractor and accepting the home improvement contract? Don't get that sinking feeling, here's the dish.
Know Your Kitchen Renovations UpfrontBefore choosing a contractor, make sure you thoroughly plan your kitchen renovations. You should:
Home Improvement Contract Negotiation TipsMake sure all agreements with your contractor are in writing. A written home improvement contract should go along with the estimate. Here is what your home improvement contract should include:
Lastly, fill in all home improvement contract blanks before signing and inspect the job before signing the completion certificate. If it doesn't pan out, you will have three business days to cancel your contract. The contractor should inform you of your cancellation rights and give you the proper paperwork. It is recommended that you send cancellation notices to the contractor by certified mail-return receipt requested.
Educate yourself before you make a commitment. Make all attempts to only pay a minimal down payment for materials and services. Do not make any payments for incomplete work. Before you know it, you'll be cooking in your ideal kitchen.
About the Author
Sue Booth is a freelance writer and a former product analyst for Good Housekeeping magazine. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.