Before you start asking "when can you start?" and "when will you finish?" there are certain questions that should be asked of a fabricator or contractor. Not only do you want to ensure you are hiring the right professional for your kitchen or bath remodeling job but you also want to ensure that you will work well with this individual, that there will be no surprises and that you will be happy with the process and the results.
First, you should find out just how experienced the fabricator or contractor is by asking them how long they have been in this industry and at their particular company. Second, you will want to ask what kind of education, training and certifications the fabricator or contractor has undergone. Third, you should inquire about the company's insurance and workers compensation policies. This would also be a great time to ask them if they are a member of any national trade association such as the Marble Institute of America or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Fourth, you should ask the fabricator or contractor for a list of references as well as a list of business referrals and suppliers. And fifth, you should ask how much of their work comes from referrals and repeat business.
If the answers that the fabricator or contractor provide in response to all of these initial questions are satisfactory, then you can finally move on to questions that are more specific to your kitchen or bath remodeling project. Here are list of the questions to ask your fabricator or contractor that we suggest as they were also recommended by industry experts from NARI and HouseLogic.
- How many other remodeling jobs like mine have you worked on in the past year?
- Can I please have references from those projects?
- Who will be supervising the project?
- Who else will be working on the project and are they employees of your company or subcontractors.
- How do you intend to approach my kitchen or bath remodel?
- Do you foresee there being any challenges with this project and - if so - what are some possible solutions?
As the largest natural stone wholesaler in the New England region, Marble and Granite, Inc. not only provides an incredible selection of high quality marble, granite, soapstone, slate, Caesarstone and Neolith slab and tile products, but we also provide a helpful list of respected fabricators across the country. Browse our stone products online to start envisioning the kitchen or bath of your dreams, and then use our fabricator finder tool to start shopping for the right professional for your remodeling job.
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