According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, there’s an 83.1 percent return on investment for a minor kitchen remodel. The returns are even better in fast-growing regions like the Pacific where ROI is 103 percent! It’s like you’re wasting money by not doing a minor kitchen remodel.
The Cost vs. Value Report defines a minor kitchen remodel as including new cabinet faces and hardware, energy efficient oven and cook top, new sink and faucet, new laminate countertops, repaint trim, add new wallcovering, and replace flooring. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Get rid of that tragic pastel peach tile that’s been plaguing you.
Now you need to know how to go about it. Steve Csurbak of Select Home Improvements in New Jersey is here to help you hire the right kitchen remodel contractor.
What benefits does a kitchen remodel provide to homeowners?
A full kitchen remodel not only increases the value of your home, Steve explains, but also gives you happiness with more space and a new, updated appearance.
It’s true, the kitchen is the heart of every home, and Steve believes having the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of can create a positive attitude for anyone.
The length of time a project takes depends on many factors, says Steve. Things to consider are does the job require an architect or engineer, are permits and inspections required for this project, are there going to be change orders, how extensive is the renovation, or will there be demolition. With all that said, your average kitchen or bath remodel normally takes around three to four weeks, he says.
What can a new client expect?
When someone contacts Select Home Improvement, explains Steve, they are presented with an estimate within 3-4 days. If they decide to work with our company, he says, we discuss available dates and hold that date once we have a signed agreement. The client is presented with a detailed contract informing them of their responsibilities and of our responsibilities.
Once we demo the areas to be worked, he says, we have a meeting and lay out every step of the project to be certain it’s what the client wants before we proceed. Property owners are always included in the decisions, and if there is a change from the original contract a written change order is presented for both parties to sign and agree upon. Final payment is not made until Steve is certain the homeowner is completely satisfied.
What are your pro hiring tips?
Steve believes every contractor should know how to build a home from the ground up before doing remodel work. He says you cannot be an outstanding contractor if you do not know how a home is constructed. Many contractors he meets have no clue how to build a home. A painter should stick to painting, not tearing out load-bearing walls, he says.
Steve suggests you do some research and catch them off guard with a couple odd ball questions to see how they handle the answer.
For example, “If you were to rip this 10’ load-bearing wall out, would a double 2×6 be sufficient as a header?”
If they say yes, he says, say goodbye and search for a qualified contractor. There are many of them out there.
What do you wish more clients knew?
I wish more clients completely understood how long 30 days really is when you’re without a kitchen, Steve says.
Also, the process is a lot faster and smoother when clients know ahead of time what they want in terms of design, he shares. For example, he says it’s tough when you ask a client if they want an island and they say “I don’t know, maybe. Can I let you know in a few days?” This is time contractors put aside for remodeling their home and eventually these delays start running into holding up the company’s other projects.
If you know you want a remodel, but don’t know what design you want, read helpful tips on how hiring an architect or designer can save you money in the long run.
How can clients save money during a remodel?
People can save money by listening to an honest contractor, he says. Trustworthy contractors can get a nice item at a reasonable price. Do your homework and find nice, mid-range items that give you a beautiful outcome without breaking the bank.
Another way to save money is watch out for extremely low bids from contractors, warns Steve, you’ll end up paying more in the long run.
How can you know you’re getting a good contractor?
The only tip I can give to make certain you are satisfied is to hire Select Home Improvements of Jackson, NJ, jokes Steve.
But on a serious note, he recommends you always read reviews and see what people have to say. Keep in mind though, he urges, don’t read one bad review and turn away—some clients can be very hard to please. Along with reviews, try and hire a contractor your friend or relative may have used and were happy with.
Are you ready to get your new kitchen underway?