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Finding the right contractor.

You can’t pick a contractor based only on price! The old adage is really true: “You get what you pay for.” This is especially true in the contracting business. If you want good contracting you should decide to deal with a contractor because of the overall value you receive, not because they are the lowest priced. Here’s why, Value = Quality + Service + Price. It is impossible for any company in any industry to offer the cheapest price, have the highest quality, and provide the best service all the same time. You can get high quality and super service, but you can’t get both and still get the lowest price. Just like in your business, you hire the best people and buy the highest quality product – consequently, you have to charge more for your services. Total Value is all three: Quality, Service and Price!

The 3 most common problems you will have when you pick a contractor who only offers the lowest price:

1. The first problem is that dirt-cheap contractors usually don’t stand behind their work if there is a mistake. Sure, other contractors might do your job for a little less money, but how will they treat you when there is a mistake with your job? To give the cheapest price, they usually have low-wage, inexperienced employees that have not been adequately trained. They also cut corners by using cheaper material and labor to give that low price. The end result is that you get what you pay for. And the little bit of money you saved ends up costing you more in the long run! Believe me, this is a little saying we tell our customer: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is gone.”

2. The second problem with a contractor who offers the lowest price is that they tend to also offer the lowest quality. Your kitchen is one of the more expensive rooms in your house to remodel. It is also one of the best investments you can make in your home if done properly. Don’t trust that all contractors know how to properly design and execute a kitchen remodel. Plainly said, “Shoddy or low quality contracting because of cheap price costs you money.” No amount of savings is worth this. You’ve worked too hard and spent too much money on your home to throw it away for the few cents you save on a contractor instead of investing in a properly remodeled kitchen.

3. And the third reason why picking the cheapest contractor is a problem is that you might get charged extra for things that California Kitchen Creations normally include in our quote in the first place.  Cheap contractors nickel and dime you to death. What seemed like a good price actually ends up costing you more in the end. This is just a tactic cheap contractors use to get in the door.

To avoid buying on price alone, we suggest you choose two or three contractors and rank them in the order that is important to you such as Quality first, Service second and Price last.