If you’re looking into ways to extend your entertainment space, an outdoor kitchen could be the way to go. A remodel can set the stage for the enjoyment of your outdoor area while bumping up the value of your property. 

Before getting your project underway, consider hiring the right professional for the job to avoid wasting valuable resources- effort, time, and money. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. How do you select an outdoor kitchen contractor? Here’s my take on the approach you can follow. 

  • Compare Prospects

Kick things off by preparing a list of prospective contractors and asking for quotes from them. Most contractors provide no-obligation quotations after a site visit. Compare the quotes you get to determine your area’s general pricing to avoid overpaying for the job. 

Be prepared to ask all the questions you have in mind regarding the scope of your project and other minor details. While you’re at it, assess the contractors’ body language for cues to what working with them might be like. You can tell a lot from initial interactions. 

Also, look out for red flags such as an unprofessional attitude as exhibited from their tone and words. If a contractor appears evasive or dodgy, you might need to interview the next candidate.  

  • Look into References and Recommendations 

Established service providers should be in a position to refer you to their previous clients. If a contractor isn’t eager to provide references, you might need to look for the nearest exit. 

References are an excellent way to gauge a contractor’s expertise and ability to work well with their customers. Contact a few of the customers you’re directed to and get their feedback. Who knows, you might dodge a bullet in the process!

Can your friends or family members vouch for a contractor who has handled their project before? Talk to them and seek their recommendations. A solid word from the people in your circle can point you in the right direction. 

  • Consider Experience 

I would wager that there’s no substitute for experience. Plus, it doesn’t come overnight: it takes months or even years to garner experience. Entrusting your work to an expert provides a tried-and-true approach to a successful outcome. 

In short, an experienced hand can nail your project from the onset. They are also more likely to have handled similar projects and thus can better understand your project’s intricate details. Plus, they can develop strategies to deal with issues that might arise as the project proceeds. 

Being in the game for years also means that contractors are keen to preserve their reputation. They understand that seemingly minor errors could ruin a reputation built over years. In that regard, an experienced contractor is more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure exceptional artisanship. 

Still, inexperience can lead a contractor to cut corners, leading to costly mistakes. Rather than banking on the new kid on the block, go for an experienced contractor, even if they charge more. Someone might whisper into your ear, “the other guy is cheaper.” Please don’t fall for this, as it could mark the beginning of an endless tussle with the inexperienced contractor. 

  • Make Budgetary Considerations 

How much cash do you have set aside for an outdoor kitchen? Is your budget open? Are you in a pinch? 

A budget is a guideline that defines your financial priorities. Budgetary restrictions could mean the difference between completing your project in time and running out of funds. By determining how much to allocate to various elements (materials, labor, among others), you can estimate the likely costs of your project, letting you stay in charge of the whole process. 

Also, the quotations you get should be within your budget so that you don’t have to break the bank to meet the costs. Still, having a ballpark figure in mind lets you understand the financial implications of the project and may help you plan for additional funds if need be. 

Your budget can be one of the primary determinants of the contractor you hire. Some contractors may not be within your budget and, as such, may not make the cut. Narrowing your list of contractors to include those within your budget can help you find a suitable candidate for the job. 

  • Ensure the Contractor is Licensed

A kitchen contractor should be registered and licensed. Licensing requires an investment in time and effort on the contractor’s part. The contractor you hire also needs to hold the requisite permit to work in a given area.

A licensed professional also invests in the tools and resources essential for completing a project. Their training and knowledge of various legal requirements such as building codes can ensure your project adheres to laid-down laws. You don’t want to go through the hassle of non-compliance by hiring an unlicensed contractor.  

In sum, hiring the right contractor involves picking and choosing from a list of professionals. I hope you can make an informed choice by following this straightforward guide. Ultimately, working with the right professional can help you realize your remodeling goals in time and without costly overruns.