Most people don’t know the first thing about a kitchen remodeling job. As a contractor, you know all of the choices and decisions that go into such a project. Here are five important tips on how to advise homeowners so that they get the right cabinets for their kitchen.
- Have the customer make all decisions before work begins. This means that you or at least one of your employees should go to the customer’s home with a checklist. Analyze the kitchen’s current décor and explain to them the different types of cabinetry, wood types, finish techniques and door overlays your company installs. Find out what they are looking for with regard to their cabinet spaces. In some cases, the customer is not always right. They may not know what they want, or they may want something you know would look ridiculous and clash with the rest of the kitchen. Be sure to strongly advise them against choices, you as an expert know would either damage the kitchen or be aesthetically unpleasing. By taking stock of the space in advance and knowing exactly what the customer’s needs require, you will be able to get the job done right the first time, make the customer happy and keep the project from un-necessarily going over budget.
- Discuss the scope of the project. Does the customer want to simply remove and replace their current cabinets? Do they want to re-design the entire kitchen? Let them know that depending on whether the cabinet job is part of a kitchen remodeling, or a remove and replace situation, they should look to choose cabinets that would go well as part of the final scheme. Ultimately, there is a different variety of cabinet styles, wood types, finish techniques and door overlays to choose from when remodeling an entire kitchen, as opposed to a remove and replace project. Make sure they understand their options and what it will cost them for you to do the job.
- Assess if it would be worthwhile to keep the current cabinets and install new doors or to do a complete re-facing. If their cabinets are still sturdy and functional, you may advise them to go in that direction. It would surely save the customer money and give their kitchen a whole new look. But, if the quality of the current cabinets is not great, you would likely recommend installing new cabinets. They will have to choose from stock cabinets that are already built and ready for installation, or custom cabinets that are designed according to the customer’s specifications. Kountry Kraft is a reputable source for custom cabinets, while pre-assembled stock cabinets can be purchased at just about any home improvement store.
- Take into account what the customer’s intentions are with the residence once the job is complete. Elizabeth Beeler, of hgtvremodels.com suggests taking stock of other homes and kitchens in the community. Are they making the residence into a permanent home? Are they selling the property immediately after the work is complete? Is it a rental? By addressing re-sale issues in advance, you may help the customer prevent their kitchens from clashing with those of their neighbors and keep the property values as high as possible.
- Refer to a floor plan of the entire kitchen showing the location and dimensions of the doors, windows, utilities, and appliances such as: the refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, microwave and sink. Only by knowing the kitchen’s dimensions will you and the customer have a good perspective when deciding on the right size and placement for the new cabinets.
BIO: James White is a freelancer and works for numerous construction businesses such as Maxwell Systems and Ring Power CAT.