I want to plan a complete kitchen remodel but I don't know where to start. We will replace cabinets, countertops, sink/faucet, floor (including sub-floor), electrical, plumbing, adding a new window, etc. I need input on finding a good general contractor.
Finding a good GC will be your first step. First, talk to people that you know and trust - family, friends or business associates who have remodeled and can recommend a GC. Don't be shy about asking detailed questions and shoot for asking two or three to look into doing our project.
Make sure that you are pitching the same project to all of them. Look for a GC that is used to doing your type of project - that low bid guy who mostly builds decks may not be the best one for remodeling your kitchen.
Finally, go with your gut - remodeling is very invasive - you are inviting a stressful mess into your home. Go with a GC who understands how to keep your house working as best as possible - even without a kitchen.
You could also check:
(a) Your state's licensing and regulation department to determine if there are any GCs with records of complaints (and avoid them), and
(b) Your local building and inspection department for contractors that have successfully worked with them.
They need to be cautious about specifically recommending someone, but can give you names of those who've performed a lot of work in your community.
That's how I found the plumber who's handled almost all my plumbing issues for 3 decades.
You could also draft your own work scope and give a copy to each potential GC who bids, so that you can to some extent standardize their quotes enough to compare them on different levels of the projects.This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
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