How to select a cabinet maker – Tips to help you navigate the process
Choosing new cabinets for your remodeling project is a process that can be confusing and a little nerve-wracking. You’re about to commit a significant amount of money to someone for a product with which you may not be very familiar. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to make a better, informed decision.
Have an idea of what you want
Explore your options and zero in on an idea of your preferences. Research styles and materials that you can present to a potential cabinet professional.
Let’s talk – Getting to know your wants and needs
Once you have presented a general idea of your project, it’s time for the cabinet professional to ask some questions. Pay attention to the particular questions and concerns that each company brings up. Are the questions detailed? Are any helpful ideas or information offered? Does the salesperson or representative seem to have a grasp of what you want, and do you think he or she is prepared to adhere to your requirements?
Now it’s your turn – Question and answer time
It’s important for you to ask questions that will help you determine if this is the right company for which to work with. Here are some examples to help you get started:
- How long have you been in business?
- Can you show examples or photos of work you have done that is similar to what I want?
- What type of materials are used in your product?
- What standard features are included in your cabinets?
- Dovetail drawers?
- Soft-close drawer guides and hinges?
- Pull-out shelves?
- Do you provide installation services, or is that done by someone else?
- Is design time included in the price?
- What type of finish do you use?
- Do you offer a written warranty?
Narrowing the field
You have interviewed some prospects; now it’s time to narrow down your choices. You will be working very closely with your cabinet professional, so review your notes and select those who provided you with the best information and who seemed interested and engaged.
The envelope, please
You’re down to just a couple of candidates now. This is where you should check to see if your prospective cabinet supplier is licensed and insured, particularly if they will be working in your home. Worker’s Comp insurance is a must for companies with employees; in fact, it’s the law. Check to see if the candidate is a member of any professional trade associations such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). You may even want to check out customer review sites such as Yelp! or Angie’s List.
Once you have made your choice, make sure you are presented with a detailed contract that specifies the scope of work, complete pricing and an estimated time of delivery date. If a warranty is included, that should be provided as well.
Hopefully these simple steps will help you on your way to selecting a top-quality professional who can help turn your dreams into reality!
To find a local NARI remodeling professional please visit the NARI Silicon Valley Chapter website.