When you’re shopping the local market for a residential general contractor to perform a kitchen renovation, it’s likely that the most important criteria on your list is cost. The downfall with solely relying on cost is that you can end up with a contractor who isn’t properly licensed or that has the necessary experience. What we recommend for homeowners to shop for is value and compatibility. It’s important that you and your contractor are on the same page regarding expectation of costs, scheduling, and project execution. At Prince & Sons, we’re a licensed general contractor with years of experience helping Triangle homeowners with kitchen renovations of all sizes. We strive to get our clients what they want at the price point they can afford. Read on to learn more information about our average kitchen renovation cost as well as what to watch for before you hire that contractor with a kitchen renovation price that seems too good to be true.
It’s always tough to throw out a general number for the cost of a kitchen renovation because every house is unique, but we often tell our clients that quality kitchen renovations typically start around $25,000 and go up from there. There are many factors that drive cost, like the size of your kitchen or, whether or not you desire to relocate appliances and fixtures, but the previously mentioned figure is a safe, reasonable budget that can get you in the ballpark for a fresh new kitchen. You may hear of other contractors offering kitchen renovation prices lower than what we quote, but the reality is you need to have a full understanding of what’s included in that bargain basement price. At Prince & Sons, we offer a true turnkey kitchen renovation solution where we source and manage all of the necessary licensed and insured contractors to complete the job as well as all of the allowances for materials that you will need to select along the way. There may be unforeseen expenses like repair costs for unseen damages or issues from time to time, but we will always be transparent about solutions and associated costs. We always do our best to look for any clues that may tell us if there is a potential problem before we start, that way it won’t be a complete surprise if issues are uncovered along the way.
Below are just a few of the things to watch out for when you’re interviewing contractors for your kitchen renovation project.
Will permits be pulled?
If the work is in excess of $15,000 and/or there are structural alterations, a building permit is required. If the entire job, materials and labor, is in excess of $30,000, a licensed general contractor must oversee the work.
Are all of the materials included?
Beware of any contractor who asks you to buy building materials separately because this is often a red flag of someone who may not be properly licensed and is trying to keep the job cost under the $30,000 threshold. While this is not illegal, unless they have advertised themselves as licensed GC’s, it will leave you with a tremendous amount of work and liability that could leave you, the client, with little recourse if problems occur down the road because you supplied the materials.
Is the contractor using new, quality materials?
If you’re investing in your home, you want the materials and workmanship to last for years to come. This is why at Prince & Sons, we’re highly selective when it comes to the vendors that we use for kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring and all other materials. We never use materials that have been removed from other peoples’ homes and resold to you as a new product. We are excited when homeowners want to use recycled products and materials and do occasionally give that option if there is an opportunity to do so.
Who is going to stand behind the work?
At Prince & Sons, we warranty all of our work as do all of the subcontractors we hire, which means that if you run into any issues down the road, we will be there for you. We feel like it’s our responsibility to our clients to price our jobs in such a way that we’re able to warranty our work.
If you’re interested in learning more about how a kitchen renovation project works with Prince & Sons, feel free to give us a call today at 919-383-0888 or reach out to us through our contact form. We’ll follow up with you as soon as we are available.