How to Choose a Remodeler
Remodeling is a great way to add pleasure and value to a home, but the process can often be confusing and frustrating to consumers. Hire a professional remodeler to help you make your house a home!
When you hire a remodeler, you are buying a service rather than a product. The quality of service the remodeler provides will determine the quality of the finished product and your satisfaction with the result. To ensure your satisfaction, make sure you hire a qualified, professional remodeler.
Where to Begin:
- Develop an idea of what you want to do.
- Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants.
- Look at magazines and websites and collect pictures of what you like.
The more clearly you envision the project and describe it on paper, the more likely you are to convey a clear image of your project to a professional remodeler.
The search for a professional remodeler begins by seeking referrals from local trade associations, such as the BIA and Remodeler’s Council, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and others who have had remodeling work done. Additionally, you can check with independent trade contractors, building materials suppliers, architects, engineers, home inspectors, local lenders and insurance professionals or you can check with the local consumer protection and the local Better Business Bureau.
You can also look for signs of a professional remodeler if they indicate that they are a member of the Remodelers Council. Membership in the council indicates a remodeler’s committment to professional-quality construction that meets or exceeds industry standards and practices, responsible business management and reliable customer and warranty service. Members of the Council have forged an extensive program of education and information to aid remodelers in all facets of their businesses to improve professionalism in the remodeling industry. They have access to business and technical information, assistance from staff professionals who are experts in a variety of disciplines from accessibility to zoning, and training and education programs for increasing business, technical and communication skills. To find a local remodeler who is in the Council, click here.