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Finding a good kitchen remodeling contractor may feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you know what steps you take, you should end up with your best option.


Seek referrals.


Without a doubt, word-of-mouth is the best way to look for a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor. Ask your relatives, friends and neighbors about those they may have worked with. Most people will be glad to tell you their good experiences. As an option, you can read reviews featured on popular third-party consumer websites.


Check your prospect's credentials.


With referrals in hand, you can start pre-screening your prospects by calling them or reading about them in their websites. First of all, check if they have all the required licenses, whether local or state, and designations from industry associations like the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) or the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). None of these assure you of a good job, but they will certainly increase your chances of getting a good one. Do remember though that certifications can vary widely. Take time to ask what their certifications are and what it took to get them.


Talk to the candidates.


Trim down your list of prospects and book a meeting with all of them (separately, of course). How many contractors do you have to interview, you may ask. Perhaps one but it won't hurt to stay open for three at most.


The more quotes, the more confusion. On the NARI website, you can find a checklist of good questions to ask a prospective contractor. How they answer these questions is very important, but communication should not be one-sided. What's most important at this stage is finding a contractor who will listen to your inputs instead of imposing all of his ideas. Personal chemistry is important because this is a longstanding relationship. It's crucial to trust the person. Find out more at


Check references.


This part is actually more important than most people think. References give you a sneak peek into your future project through the experiences of those who have worked with the contractor before. If the contractor won't give you references, you already know what that means - they're hiding something.


Get a written contract.


Once you have zeroed in on a particular contractor, scrutinize their contract. Does it have a professional presentation? Is it balanced? Among other things, the contract should have an express limited warranty, a waiver of lien (this will keep unpaid suppliers and subcontractors from putting a lien on your house), the bid price and payment schedule, and the project's start and estimated end dates. If you know nothing about kitchen remodeling contracts, ask the help of a knowledgeable friend or relative. You can visit to learn more and get started.