7 Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

Whenever a major home remodel project is being planned, it’s essential that the right contractor is chosen. Different contractors could produce wildly different results in terms of the quality of the finished product, the process involved, timeliness of completion, cost, and of course how well it aligns with the original stated project preferences.

To help narrow down the selection, here are seven questions to ask a home remodeling contractor before getting started specifically with a kitchen remodel.

1) Is the contractor licensed and insured with the city, and getting a permit?

Any quality home remodeling contractor must be fully licensed, and carry the correct kinds of insurance and bonding. They should also be familiar with the process of getting legitimate permits from the city, so there aren’t excessive delays or unforeseen problems during the remodel process.

2) What cabinet styles, species or finishes are popular now?

Nobody wants a kitchen remodel that brings the home fully up to speed… if it was still 1998. It’s essential that contractors know what’s popular and trendy right now. A kitchen remodel should be modern and should be a viable long-term solution that won’t need to be changed again in a few years.

3) What countertop options do you have?

It’s essential to have a range of countertop options. Countertops are often the signature of a kitchen remodel, and they’ll have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the space, not to mention the final price tag. From big name brands such as Cambria or Corian and many more, offering a huge range of styles and textures, there are many potential choices here.

4) Does it make sense to incorporate Universal Design ideas?

Universal Design is all about incorporating maximum safety, convenience and functionality for people of all ages and abilities. It’s a wonderful way to outfit a home if there’s the potential that a parent could move in, or simply as a couple is getting older and or has perhaps dealt with injuries or surgeries of their own.

5) With all the new appliance designs available now, which one(s) should you incorporate in your new kitchen?

Appliance designs should fit together with the overall remodel. Therefore, it’s important to not get set on one specific appliance before the entire design is put together, and vice-versa. Appliances should be considered in tandem with the remodel itself, ensuring functionality with a wonderful, streamlined final look and feel.

6) Does design build make sense for a kitchen project?

With all the products available as discussed above and with the complexity of a kitchen project in general it does make sense to design your kitchen with a design build company. Design build companies know the costs associated with the different materials available and the different construction methods and cost’s to guide you into a realistic budget.

7) What kind of budget should I have for a new kitchen?

There are a few ways to come up with some numbers to start with. First off you could try one of the national remodeling magazines and their cost vs. value report: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2014/ Or you can go with square footage costs, which range from $120 – $200 per square foot and up. Or you can go with an average cost of $32,000, which is what we’re seeing. Now keep in mind these are figures for a starting point in the budget process.


North Coast Home Improvement is a leading home remodeling contractor in Broadview Heights, Ohio, also working with homeowners across the area, including those in Brecksville, Richfield, Independence, and Hudson. We carefully put together tailor-made plans for every client we work with, ensuring that each person’s unique needs and preferences are always met, and that those dreams of a beautiful kitchen remodel finally come true.

To learn more about our services and process, call us at 440.526.0015 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.