Living in Citrus Heights, California, brings a number of great benefits, and also a number of challenges. You get to enjoy the benefits that living close to the capital city provides with one of the largest school systems in the entire state. There is plenty of shopping and other businesses that can cater to just about every need that you may have as well.
So when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, you’re not going to have much trouble finding a contractor who may be able to serve your needs and install the ideal kitchen for your home. The question then becomes how do you choose between all of these different providers and contractors?
Perhaps the better question would be where do you start?
The first place that you should look, or the one thing that you should focus on when trying to find the right kitchen remodeling company to hire is at those who have current licenses within the state. You might be amazed to realize that there are plenty of contractors who once had a license to practice within the state, but let it expire, even though they still rely on that license.
How important is it to have a license? That depends on your point of view. To be able to obtain a license to be a contractor within the State of California, you have to pass certain tests and meet certain criteria. In order to maintain the license, you need to keep up with certain conditions. While you may think that since they passed and received their license at some point, then they should know what they’re doing, there’s more to it than that.
Consider this scenario: a contractor receives a license and then begins working as a kitchen remodeler. He has a few complaints lodged against him, or doesn’t complete a couple of jobs, even though he was paid for the entire project, then decides to move when his reputation is hurting him. He might move from Southern California to the Citrus Heights region and then decides that he doesn’t want to renew his license; too much hassle from his past.
So then he still relies on the license number, the homeowners don’t generally check on whether the license is current, and assume that he much know what he’s doing. They hire him and the same pattern begins until he decides to once again move on. Making sure that your kitchen remodeling contractor has a current license will ensure that you know who you’re dealing with.
Then, of course, you’ll have those ‘independent contractors’ who might not have a license, but have a long and thick portfolio of work that they like to share. The jobs look impressive and the best part is that they are cheaper than most other kitchen remodeling contractors and companies. It sounds good, the work looks good, so why not hire him?
First, do you know that the work he’s showing you are projects that he did the work on? Did he do the work exclusively? Is he willing to share some references of past customers with you so that you can call them and talk to them, just to determine that what he’s showing you is what you’re going to receive when it comes to the quality of work?
Does he have the experience to help you design the perfect kitchen for your home? Or is he more gifted at simply getting the materials that you want and putting them in?
Then, you have to consider bonding. Bonding is a type of insurance that licensed contractors are supposed to have. This ensures that if something goes wrong, if there is an accident on your property or, for example, a fire breaks out because someone made a mistake with the electrical or while they were heating up plumbing pipes, that the damage will be paid for by the bond.
Kitchen remodeling is not something to be taken lightly and neither should the contractor that you end up hiring. At Wood Custom Kitchens, we have been in business for decades, having moved from our Colorado location in 2002 to this part of California in search of milder temperatures and winters that didn’t completely pound us into oblivion. We have also seen all sorts of other contractors and kitchen remodeling ‘experts’ come and go during that time. We have been the ones who have come in to ‘fix’ projects that other people started, and who were paid for that work, but took off before completing it.
We’re not just talking about the kind of kitchen remodeling contractor that you should consider hiring because we’re trying to sell you on our expertise and our professionalism. We care about what happens to our Citrus Heights neighbors. It matters to us that you end up hiring the right contractor, not only for your budget, but one that is going to help you get the kitchen that is right for your home.
So does that mean we are the right kitchen remodeling contractor for you and your family? We’d like to think so, but the reality is that there are a number of quality, licensed, and insured contractors in the area. We believe that it’s more important that you are comfortable with whom you choose and we’re willing to help you find that ideal match, even if it ends up being one of our competitors. Kitchens are personal and different for every homeowner, so we know full well that while we believe that our experience is unmatched, you may simply find a different company that offers the look or availability that you want right now.
No matter who you choose for your kitchen remodeling, Wood Custom Kitchens is there to answer any questions you may have during the process of finding the right company within Citrus Heights. We know this area well and consider it part of our community and you as our neighbors and like good neighbors, we want nothing but the best for you.