Kitchen Remodeling

Hi friends, I am looking for Kitchen Remodeling contractor in Chicago. I want quality services at affordable price.
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July 21 2011 - Summit
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Try Servicemagic.com I had a client who used the site to find a plumber. There were several listed and he received quites from three of them. The site also has consumer reviews of the contractors. There was no charge to use the site.

Good luck!
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July 21 2011
Hi Joe,

   A kitchen remodel can be the most exciting and worthwhile renovation you can perform on your home.  It can also be the most expensive, frustrating, and time consuming.  A good general contractor, whether it be a kitchen and bathroom company or an individual, is a must.  In my opinion the safest way to find such a company is through referrals and background checks.

   Companies like Service Magic merely charges the contractor for a listing.  There really isn't any background check.  I've been solicited by them several times and it's a straightforward "pay for leads" service.  Angieslist.com is a more customer driven site but there are certain manipulations that can be performed on their data as well.  You could say I am a reluctant Angieslist member.
   
Through google and bing's local listing searches you can frequently
find reviews of a company but a few reviews doesn't speak for all of their customers.  Ask around among people whose opinion you trust for referrals of reputable companies and ask for recent(1 year or less) referrals from other customers.  It is difficult to solicit comparable bids from contractors who are not working with the same design so my advice is to secure a design first and then solicit estimates.  I recommend that you place more value on your comfort level with the contractor than with the final price because communication is essential to a smooth and change order free project.

I hope this helps,
Ethan
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July 22 2011
Joe-

Anyone planning a remodeling project should check out their local National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) organization. In your area it is narichicago.org. They have an extensive on-line directory of their members, which you can search through at no cost.

Member companies who join this organization are obligated to uphold high standards of professionalism and NARI's Code of Ethics. They are throughly checked out to be accepted in this organization: insurance, licenses, past clients, etc.

In addition, the website also has a very good page on how to select a contractor. There is also further info on the organization.

Once you have selected 2-3 reputable contactors, meet with them to discuss your project. As Ethan mentioned above, price alone should not be the biggest factor in selection. After all, this company will be in your home for quite a while during a remodeling project. Are they knowledgable? Do they really listen to your needs? Do you feel comfortable with them? Once you narrow down your favorite, check the references they provide, and make sure the written quote covers everything you want included.

NARI will help you find a reputable professional contractor.

Best of luck - Susie
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July 23 2011
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Good Luck,

Joe Widmer

Minneapolis, MN
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August 10 2011
Service Magic generates leads for contractors, they then sell it to three contractors working in the same field in one area.  Once a homeowner makes a inquiry about needing a contractor, the information gets forwarded to the three contractors that paid Service Magic to get listed.  Then all three contractors hastily call the homeowner in hopes that he or she is the first one to respond.  Usually, "IF" the lead is a good lead then the first contractor to respond will get the "CHANCE" to go out to the home and give the homeowner an estimate.  This is not a review site.  I would try Yelp and check their reviews.  License, workman's comp, insurance is a must.  This went into affect middle of last year.  If your home is 1978 or older, then they must be certified by the EPA to handle lead base paint.  Good luck
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