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Your Kitchen Renovation is Complete! But Was the Job Done Right?

Ensuring that your kitchen remodel was completed with a high degree of craftsmanship and care starts before a single nail is ever pulled or pounded. Since the eye of even the most discerning homeowner is not as trained to spot work defects as a that of a professional kitchen contractor, you might not notice small errors in construction that are glaring to professionals. One of the best way to guarantee quality construction is to make sure the contractor you hired to do the work is as concerned with the aesthetics of the job as he is the profit.

How to Find a Competent Kitchen Contractor

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) suggests hiring kitchen renovation contractors that are NKBA members. These contractors are experts in kitchen remodeling and have the experience and expertise to do the job right. Other ways to get a good local contractor are to talk to past clients--they are a good source of straightforward advice.

How to Ensure Your Kitchen Remodeling Job Was Done Right

As stated, most homeowners won't see the minor flaws in construction that separate good work from average. But here's a list of things to examine closely:

  • Appliances: Do all appliances function correctly, and are they installed flush with their openings? Make sure the stove and dishwasher are set level and at the correct depth.
  • Finish carpentry: This is a big one and requires a careful inspection. Examine all the crown mouldings, cabinet moulding and trim pieces throughout the kitchen. Do angled cuts match? Are there any gaps in the woodwork? Are nail holes filled with putty? Good kitchen contractors take pride in excellent trim work.
  • Cabinetry: Most custom cabinets have four-way adjustable hinges to make it easy to match door reveal and ensure proper closure. Every door in your new kitchen should close gently and match its mate perfectly.
  • Flooring: Check that patterns and colors are consistent.

Lastly, to ensure complete satisfaction with your kitchen remodeling job, never pay the full amount upfront. It's common to pay for some work and materials before the job is completed, but withholding final payment until you approve of all aspects of the job is yet another safeguard against shoddy workmanship.


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