One thing my wife and I quickly learned is that many homeowners decide to redo their kitchens prior to the end of the year to have the beautiful new space ready in time to celebrate Christmas and other family celebrations in December. We purposely decided not to do that so that we didn't end up paying a premium to get work done to meet a looming deadline.
All of our suppliers liked this and you know, it removed a whole layer of stress, not all stress mind you, from our kitchen reno project.
So, in dealing with plumbing, electricial, flooring and kitchen cabinet suppliers, the first thing we said was that the installation was going to take place in January after the busy season for these contractors. We gave them two months to slot us into their schedules. More than once we heard contractors say that they appreciated the advance planning. All too often, they have to to things at the last minute for which they charge a premium. Save money, plan ahead.
The flooring, plumbing and electrical contractors we selected were ones we had established a working relationship with over the years. All of them had done work in our home before and we knew and trusted them. For new homeowners I recommend that you do the same. Sometines it takes a while to find good and reliable contractors in your area who offer good value that you are comfortable with. Once you find them, stick with them over the years. It's the same with a car mechanic who you can trust to repair your car professionally and fairly. We received written quotations and agreed to an installation schedule with everything we could think of detailed in the contract to cover all known work required.
However, like most home improvement projects, unforeseen situations occur, and they did occur, that had not been considered in the original contract. When this occurs, you have to have confidence in your contractors that they will deal with you fairly.
The only prime contractor that was new to us was the kitchen cabinet contractor who was someone we selected after interviewing three other companies. This is our first kitchen renovation and we had to trust our instincts on the company we selected. We had to have a good warm and cozy feeling about the company, particularly the designer assigned to do our project. Since we are in the middle of the renovation in mid-January at the time of writing this, we will reserve judgement on their performance until the job has been completed satisfactorily. So far, so good.The company we selected did not quote the lowest cost but after numerous meetings they instilled confidence in us because of their approach to business with good communication, professionalism and friendly attitude. It's funny how many contractors remove themsellves from consideration because of poor communication or because of an abrupt, unfriendly, arrogant and sometimes even rude attitude.
Another new contractor was the dumpster rental company. Because we were doing the kitchen and kitchen/dining room wall demo ourselves, this was the first step we had to nail down for the Monday following Christmas. My son and I surveyed the available suppliers online in our area the week before Christmas. Admittedly, we did not allow a lot of time to order the dumpster but there are literally dozens of rental companies online, with professional web sites. As a result rental rates were competitive. There were quite a few companies that offered various sized steel bins or even bulky bags to handle the kitchen debris. The company we selected "Dump-This" was excellent. http://www.dumpthis.ca/We picked them because the business owner made sure that all phone calls, if they were not picked up on his office phone, were directed to his mobile phone. We talked to a live person who was eager for our business and very accomodating for our needs. We ordered a 15 cubic foot bin more than what we needed according t the owner, for $99.00 plus tax. Not bad. The weight of the renovation debris would be an extra cost. If we had 2,000 lbs,or I should say 907 kgs since we are in metric Canada, to remove it would cost us an additional $250. Okay still good but that's our max budget $350. We had no real idea what the weight would be. So we were looking forward to finding out what it was going to be in one week's time.
With the dumpster dropping on our driveway at 8:30 am on Monday morning we had to get everything out of the kitchen cabinets prior to the kitchen demo. It's December 27 and we are excited that we are finally starting our new kitchen adventure!