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Question DetailsAsked on 6/11/2012

The kitchen cabinet company I plan to instal an all new kitchen has no Angie Reviews & I can only find 1 0n internet. Is this a red flag

I find nothing on the California state contractor's license website except that they have a license. The same is true of the general contractor who will be doing demo and some electrical, gas and window work prior to the cabinet install. Companies have been in existence for several years, but no reviews. I have asked them for references, but have not received any response except yes they could provide. Other two companies we contacted did not even respond with a return phone call. I am feeling very overwhelmed at this point and after watching a couple of Holmes episodes I don't know what to do. Any advise?

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First of all go back to the contractors state board site and these are the things to check.Make sure the name who ever you talked to about the work from that company matches the name on the listed lic. #. Then check that they are lic. for the trade they are offering to do for you ie. plumbing, electrical, etc. A general contractor lic. that is active and in good standing is good for all trades. if the only have say a plumbing cont. lic. and they are offering to do electrical work than thats against the contracting laws. Last if the project you have is large or heavy work that requires a crew and or the contractor has mentioned his guys or anything to the fact that he has employees that will be working on your job, then make sure he has workmans comp. for how ever many people will be on your job and their names. The state board will post all of this if he is legal. If it says the contractor is exempt from having employees than he can not have anybody but himself working on that job. If all of that checks out than you are probably fine with having them do the work. Make sure you get a detailed contract with exactly what will be done and what material will be used and read the small print before you sign it. One thing that some"crooked contractors" do to come in as lowest bidder is to purposely leave details out of their contract that they know will be needed so they can bid it lower and then hit you with extra's when the job is finished. Make sure he brings you a written change order or extra work order to sign before he does anything that is not stated on the original contract. If he doesn't, and tells you when the work is finished there is an extra charge because of this or that, you are only responsible to pay what the original contract stated period. Most importantly if you request refrences from this company and they are not most happy to supply them, find another company. They should have no problem giving refrences for their services upon request. As a general contractor if i have bid on a job and the owner calls and says the bid is exeptable but would like some refrences. That is when I know I landed that job. I have nothing but happy customers and whoevers name and number i give them i'm confident will seal the deal when this person calls them. If the contractor hesitates to give you refrences than he's most likely trying to hide something or he's trying to figure out which relative of his will lie for him if he gives you their number, whichever the case you should keep looking. Hope this helps you to relax and make a more informed decision on your kitchen remodel.Good luck,

Answered 8 years ago by tinbender

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