The kitchen is considered the heart of a home. But outdated and dingy kitchens and bathrooms can make your home feel less welcoming. Good bath and kitchen contractors can modernize these important rooms and add comfort and value to your home.
There are many local kitchen and bath contractors, including those in the major cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Milpitas. So how do you know which one to choose?
Research is key. The more information you have about local kitchen and bathroom contractors and the services they provide, the more confident you can be when choosing one. See the following articles for more information on how to research, hire and deal with good contractors in your area.
Know Your Rights When Hiring a Santa Clara County Kitchen & Bath Contractor
While you may be in a hurry to have your bathroom and kitchen remodeled, it's wise to research your options before signing a contract with the first contractor you find. It's also good to know your rights as a consumer.
First, make sure the local kitchen and bathroom contractors you're considering are licensed by the state and legally allowed to perform your kitchen and bathroom renovations. In the state of California, anyone who contracts for a project worth more than $500 in labor and materials must be a licensed contractor.
While it's usually best to choose a Diamond Certified company because of their Highest in Quality rating, that may not always be possible. If you're unable to choose a Diamond Certified company in your area, you can improve your chances of finding a licensed contractor that's legally allowed to work in the Santa Clara County area by checking out your options on the Contractors State License Board website.
Be aware that contractors in Santa Clara County and the rest of California can only ask for a down payment of 10 percent of the contract price or $1000, whichever is less.
You'll also want to watch out for common mistakes consumers can make when signing a contract and paying for services. For your own protection, never sign a blank or incomplete contract or one you don't understand. And be wary of contractors who offer today-only discounts, accept only cash or try to push you into making a decision before you're ready. It's smart to pay by check, written out to the company that is providing your kitchen and bath contracting services (never made out to "cash" or to an individual). This check will serve as proof of payment in case any dispute arises.