What to ask a contractor before renovating your kitchen

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Renovating your house can always end up being a stressful process. It’s time for your kitchen to get a brand new look so no point avoiding reality. When planning with your renovation contractor, asking the right questions will help set expectations for both sides — it’s always good to know what you’re getting into. Here are some tips on questions to ask your renovation contractors before they get started:

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Just like remodeling a bathroom or any room in your home, the first question you must ask yourself is what’s the budget? If your contractor has quoted you a budget after you’ve told him your needs for your kitchen renovation, ask in detail what the budget includes. Factor in all the materials, cost of labour, cost for electrical and plumbing work, unexpected costs, etc. The budget helps to keep the contractor and homeowner on the same page so that things do not get out of control as things. Don’t hurry through this process.

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Your kitchen might not be as essential as your bathroom. Still, it’s good to consider how long you’ll be able to go without a functioning kitchen. Depending on the size and expected work necessary to remodel your kitchen, contractors will provide an estimation on what will be needed. On certain days, they might need to stop the electricity or water to do their work. If you work from home, you might want to consider finding an alternative working space. If the noise and dirt might be too much to bear (especially if your children are taking major exams soon), an idea might be to rent a temporary apartment while they finish the renovation.

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Considering Malaysia’s standards when it comes to safety, you can never be too cautious. Depending on the size of the renovation, the number of contractors coming in and out of your place varies. Talk to the lead contractor to get a clear idea on who to expect on different days. Ideally, have a list of names and their photos. Hopefully, this will prevent “other folks” from slipping in when no one’s watching. Also, if you are not there, make sure they know how to lock up your house securely.