7 Ways to Research a Potential Home Remodeler
Home renovations can be daunting and stressful, that’s why it’s so important to hire the right contractor for your specific needs to make the process as painless as possible. Follow these seven steps to help guide your search for a potential home remodeler.
1. Personal referrals and word of mouth are great ways to find a professional to get the job done. Ask friends, family, relatives or co-workers if they know of a reputable remodeler to get honest reviews.
2. Check out Houzz,com, an online community connecting homeowners, professional designers and home improvement specialists. It’s a great resource for when you’re doing preliminary research. Read reviews, browse through company profiles and their portfolio to get a better feel on what they can offer you. 3. Pick up the phone and call your local homebuilders’ association for the names of member builders and remodelers at http://www.nari.org/consumers/find-a-remodeler. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) require their members to have 2-5 years of full time experience in the industry, pass a intensive exam and go through an individual review by the certification board.
4. Ask remodelers for completed photos of their projects and a list of references. Visit their website to browse through their portfolio and research how long the company has been around for. You want to make sure they’re financially stable and able to follow through with warranties.
5. Double check that the remodeler has general liability insurance and ask for a copy or you might be responsible for any construction-related injuries on your property.
6. Communication is key throughout the renovation process so make sure you have direct access to your contractor and that they respond in a timely manner. Carefully read over the contracts and don’t be afraid to ask any questions!
7. If you’re remodeling a pre-1978 home that disturbs more than six square-feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square-feet on the exterior of the home, you will need a remodeler who is an EPA Lead-Safe Renovator.