Choosing a cabinetmaker is a big deal: It puts you one step closer to the dream kitchen or bathroom you’ve been waiting for. Of course, it could also put you a few steps behind if you choose a subpar craftsman with no respect for their work.
You know quality cabinets are a central piece of your renovation project — every room is enhanced by custom woodwork. Choosing a cabinetmaker to handle this major part of your remodel doesn’t have to be difficult, not if you look for the following six characteristics before you finalize the hire.
1. Outstanding References
The best way to find a cabinetmaker worth paying is to ask around. Which company has a reputation of greatness in your community? Who consistently delivers high value? Which professional can you trust with your funds and your vision?
Checking references is the best way to judge a craftsman. If multiple sources speak highly of the cabinetmaker, it’s time to make the call.
2. Quality Work Samples
Every cabinetmaker understands their job is more than just a construction project — it’s an art. With every completed job, they proudly take pictures of their hard work to share with future clients. Ask to see these pictures — it’s evidence of their skill level and it showcases their specialties.
3. Communication During Design Phase
The design portion of the project is the most critical — it’s when the dimensions are finalized and the details are ironed out. Make sure your cabinetmaker is willing to communicate with you throughout the design process and tweak the plans according to your preferences.
4. Careful Attention to the Installation Process
If you’re depending on a general contractor to install the cabinets, you won’t need a cabinetmaker’s expertise. Still, make sure the company you choose offers this service.
5. Positive Online Reviews
There’s nothing better than an unbiased take. Check out your cabinetmaker’s online reviews to see what past clients have to say. Don’t just look at the star ratings — read the reasoning behind the judgments. If the cabinetmaker is known for breaking contracts, don’t hire them. If they’re known for their jaw-dropping cabinet masterpieces, you’ve hit the jackpot.
6. Proposals That Fit Your Budget
Ultimately, it may come down to budget when choosing a cabinetmaker. Does the company you’re considering offer project proposals you can afford? Will they complete the work within the time frame you need? Get a written estimate before making any deposits.
At Swirl Woodcraft, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional, superior custom wood cabinets for our clients. Choosing a cabinetmaker is easy when you visit our showroom — you’ll know in an instant we are the contractor for you.