07 Feb Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Outdoor Kitchen Contractor
American Backyard Concepts delights in helping homeowners transform their backyards into the outdoor living spaces of their dreams. If you are building an outdoor kitchen, we want you to end up with a quality design that you love, so we encourage you to select your outdoor kitchen contractor carefully.
We take pride in delivering quality work that will stand the test of time, and we’re not alone. There are many reliable contractors. Sadly, there are also many unscrupulous outdoor kitchen contractors who have no problem taking your money while making promises that they’ll never fulfill. Here are a few tips to help you select the right contractor for your outdoor kitchen project.
How do you choose a trustworthy outdoor kitchen builder?
Do your research. Take a little time to tour the website of any outdoor kitchen contractor you’re interested in working with. Does the website answer your basic questions? Specific information about the builder’s experience and qualifications should be readily available. If you’re still interested, then schedule an appointment to talk with the contractor in person. While you’re there, be sure to ask the right questions. There are several topics you’ll need to cover. We have listed some of them below for you.
How long have you been in business?
Inquire how many years the firm has been in business under its current name and owners. Fly-by-night contractors aren’t known for longevity and contractors who cannot deliver rarely manage to stay in business for long. If an outdoor kitchen contractor has been in business with the same name for over 8 years, it’s a good sign.
Do you have a showroom?
Does the contractor have a showroom where you can see samples of their outdoor kitchen designs? If so, you’ll be able to see their capabilities for yourself. It’s also a good indication that the company intends to hang around. By maintaining a physical storefront, the builder is demonstrating that they’ve put down roots and plan to be around in the future.
What are your associations and accreditations?
Ask the contractor if they’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and any professional associations. Maintaining a BBBB accreditation requires ethical business practices. A quick tour of the BBB’s website can provide confirmation and some insight into how trustworthy and responsive a business is. The associations are more of a community builder and not necessarily an ethical business practice, but it’s still important for your outdoor kitchen contractor to have roots in the community that they serve.
Can I see your references of finished work?
Always request references from prior clients. A reputable contractor who thrives on delivering quality work will be delighted to provide you with references, so if the contractor balks, be wary. A good place to start is the website portfolio of finished work. Sometimes, homeowners will welcome a phone call about the kitchen contractor. Just ask if any homeowners would be willing to share their experience.
What type of insurance coverage do you have?
Why should you ask about a contractor’s insurance? Hiring a outdoor living contractor who doesn’t carry workers’ compensation and general liability insurance puts your financial security at risk. If anything happens to a subcontractor working on your property, you may be liable. It’s always a good idea to ask your kitchen contractor if they carry the correct insurance requirements. It’s even better when they give you a copy of insurance policy documents.
What are my outdoor kitchen design options?
Ask the contractor about their design process. Do they create custom designs? Can they offer you 3-D images of your outdoor kitchen design? Will they consider where the kitchen will be installed in your backyard? It’s also smart to ask who handles installations and check about likely timelines for your project. Your contractor should be able to offer clear answers without any hesitation.
Established in 1999, American Backyard Concepts is a family-owned backyard living contractor and designer committed to creating amazing backyard spaces for people in the Orlando Florida area. Contact us today at 407-847-9322 to request your free in-home estimate.