Kitchen Remodeling Installations
Kitchen Remodeling: Who Will Be in My House?
Now that you have decided on Kitchen Remodeling, have you asked yourself, who will be in my House doing the work? Depending on where you bought your Kitchen Cabinets from, may have a big impact on who is going to install them. Below is a list to make it a little easier:
- CKDs, Certified Kitchen Designers – Typically use trusted Contractors
- Kitchen & Bath Dealers/Showrooms – typically use their own employees or trusted subcontractors
- “Big Box” Stores – typically use “Jobbers”
- Appliances Stores & Plumbing Vendors – may use subcontractors or “Jobbers”
- Hardware & Lumber Yards – typically refer you to their stack of business cards of Contractors, carpenters, or handymen
- Carpenters & Handymen– typically use more carpenters and more handymen
- Yourself – typically use friends and family
Certified Kitchen Designers, (Your Squarefeet), or Kitchen and Bath Showrooms will refer or hire a trusted General Contractor to install a Kitchen they have designed. This is considered the best system since control of the project can remain consistent, especially of the Kitchen Designer is retained for Project Management. All trades of the project can be included from demolition to electrical, plumbing, cabinets, painting, etc. A combination of Kitchen Designer and General Contractor is the least amount of stress for the HomeOwner.
Kitchen Remodeling: What is a Jobber?
Called by many different names, piece workers, pick-ups, outsource, etc…many “big box stores”, kitchen remodelers, and general remodeling companies both large and small use them. Let’s take the “Big Box” stores for example – they don’t typically directly employ any remodeling crews. This saves on employee benefits, no taxes to submit, and no direct management of personnel. As a bonus, since they are not directly installing anything, they don’t have to be responsible to any home improvement governing agencies or hold any licenses like real Contractors on a job. Many firms besides the Big Boxes use Jobbers. Some of these companies have a trusted list of a select few crews that they use, some have a list pages long that have been approved by the corporate office and have never been seen in person. If you decide to use a company that does not have their own personnel, find out more about who your getting. Most every General Contractors hire some subcontractors, but always has their own Project Manager and a couple of good carpenters. But if you are having your kitchen remodeled and nobody knows the name of the guy who will actually be doing the work – is it time to rethink?