Interviewing Contractors

Interviewing Contractors

Step # 21 in the Kitchen Remodel Planner

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Now is the time to start meeting with general contractors and builders about your remodeling project.  If you are already in contact with general contractors and builders that is fine.   At this point in your project you have a very good – well defined – project scope and goals that you can share with contractors and builders.

Plan on contacting at least 10 contractors with the assumption that only 5 or 6 of the 10 you try to contact will be interested in meeting with you about your remodeling project and only half of those will ultimately give you a quotation and a cost estimate.


Tips on Interviewing Contractors

  1. Look for contractors on referral systems like the one on  We can connect you with contractors who are a good fit for your project.  Check on review sites like YELP, on craigslist as well as ask for referrals from families, friends, neighbors and co- workers.   You need to find and call at least 10 to get a several good quotes – it is better to call 15.
  2. Contractors are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them!  Do they want YOUR business?  They need to decide if they want to work on your project and if they want to work with you.
  3. Be prepared with details on your project to give the contractor when the arrive.
  4. Let the contractor take the lead in asking questions and describing their services and company.  Listening to them is key to deciding if they will be a good fit for you and your project.  This initial meeting and interview is when you need to decide if you can work together.  You need a contractor you can collaborate with and that means good 2 way communication.
  5. Follow a script when you are interviewing contractors so that you can ask all the contractors the same questions and record their responses so when it comes time to narrow down your options you will have good notes to make the decision easier
  6. Be open and honest about your budget – the first meeting with the contractor is not the time to start negotiating price.  Determine if you have a good rapport first and then decide if you have confidence in their abilities.  It is important to give them an idea of what you want to spend – an honest estimate of your budget.  As the project develops and you get more details you can work with the contractor to reduce the price if necessary.