You’ve been dreaming about building your own home or remodeling your current house for a long time, and the last thing you want is to have your vision mishandled by a less-than-reputable company. But that unfortunate situation could happen if you don’t take your time and find a trusted Southwest Florida cabinet company to design, create, and install your vision.

Use the following tips, they can be the difference between a kitchen and bathroom of your dreams, or an expensive disappointment.

Ask for Referrals

Without a doubt, asking your friends and family for their recommendations is the best way to find a cabinet company, or any type of contractor, that will work the best for you. If you know someone in Sanibel, Fort Myers, Naples, or anywhere else in the area who had remodeling or new construction work done, reach out and ask them which company they used. If they were satisfied, they would probably love to pass the good experience on to you.

Look at Credentials

Once you have some referrals to work off of, do some preliminary research on the companies. Find out whether the company holds all the required licenses from state and local municipalities, along with designations from any appropriate professional associations. These could include the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and even the National Association of Homebuilders. It will probably be especially helpful to look for contractors who have invested in continuous education and have passed tests to earn particular certifications.

Check References

Ask your potential company for references. Then be sure to follow up, making sure the jobs were done the way you want yours completed. Just saying they were satisfied isn’t enough. Ask how the company did at executing the project. Was it on time and on budget? If you’re on a strict timeline, a company who isn’t known for hitting the projected end date probably won’t work for you. You should also find out if the company creates custom-made cabinets or attempts to fit pre-made products into a project space.

Meet Face to Face

You can learn a lot about a company from their website and speaking with them on the phone, but to be fully confident in their ability to transform your vision to reality you should visit their showroom and meet them in person. They should be able to answer your all  your questions fully and in a manner that puts you at ease. If there’s anything in your face to face meeting that seems off, this could mean they aren’t being straightforward with you.

Get it All in Writing

Some companies may talk a good talk, but may be resistant to put their offer on paper for you. This should be a big red flag for you. Scrutinize the contract for as long as it takes you to feel comfortable. Make sure the legal agreement includes all of the necessary features, like a bid price, payment schedule, specifics about the scope of work, and more. If everything checks out and you feel ready, sign on the dotted line with confidence.

Remember that when you’re hiring a cabinet company, you are buying a service as well as a product. Quality of service will determine the quality of the overall finished project. For this reason, the company you chose matters.

At Level Line Cabinets, we are sure that if you ask around the Southwest Florida area, you will find plenty of our satisfied customers. We would love the opportunity to not only sit down with you in our Sanibel Island showroom and show you our credentials, but also to discuss the style and wood species of custom cabinets for your project. Contact us today and take the first step toward a new or remodeled home you will love.