What You Should Know About Hiring a Remodeler
With the ongoing challenging economy, many families are choosing to remodel their homes to fit their changing needs, rather than selling their home and buying another one. Your home is likely your largest investment, and even simple remodels can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, so you want to make sure you find a contractor you can trust.
As the home building and remodeling industry brings the economy back, here are some important considerations to ensure you make the right decisions when you find, evaluate and hire a remodeler.
The best place to start is with a certified, professional remodeler. You can visit the National Association of Home BUIlders, at www.nahb.org/remodelerdirectory. A professional remodeler will uphold the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry. These sources can also help you find a remodeler who specializes in a specific type of remodeling if you need it, such as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) to help modify your home to better suit you as you age, or a Certified Green Professional (CGP) to make your home more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.
You should also ask for referrals from friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and others who have had remodeling work done. Or, ask local independent trade contractors, building materials suppliers, architects, engineers, home inspectors, lenders and insurance professionals for recommendations.
There are also websites where consumers leave comments about their experience with local businesses, such as www.yelp.com, www.angieslist.com and www.kudzu.com. But be careful about these sources of information, you have no way of knowing who left the comment or if they were honest.
Once you have a list of potential home remodelers for your project, do research to verify that they are appropriately licensed and have a good business track record. Look them up with your local or state office of consumer protection and the local Better Business Bureau, as well as with your state's licensing agency and the state and local building inspectors. Verify that the remodeler has the appropriate licenses and registrations, and see if they have received any complaints about the remodeler and if so, were those complaints resolved satisfactorily?
When you begin meeting with remodelers, you want to find out information such as:
For more detailed checklists for finding, evaluating and working with a remodeler, as well as other information about remodeling your home, give us a call. We want you to have a successful project with the best qualified people available.
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