How to Hire a Home Remodeling Company
October 3, 2023
If you’ve been pinning photos of your dream kitchen, basement, or addition and finding ways to work the benefits of home renovation project into your daily conversations at home, it may be time to talk to a professional remodeler. As with any major home improvement project, it’s important to ensure you hire a company that brings expertise, has a proven track record for doing quality work, and is financially sound to ensure what is started gets finished.
In this article, we offer tips to help you identify an best home renovation partner for your project.
1. Collect names of remodeling companies.
Start by searching the National Association of Home Builders’ Directory of Professional Remodelers at: https://www.nahb.org/. You’ll get a list of nearby remodelers to contact. Asking trusted friends and neighbors for names of qualified remodelers may also help you find a match for your project.
2. Do you homework.
When hiring a contractor, research is an essential step. A good starting point is to review the website of companies you are considering. Read about the company, owners, and the team doing the work. Look for confirmation that they can demonstrate the expertise they claim to have. Make sure you review the project portfolio or gallery to see if the company has experience with projects similiar to yours. Check reviews on social platforms and Google to see what customers are saying about their experience with the company.
“Do your homework when hiring a professional remodeler,” recommends Shawn Garman, President of Operations at Garman Builders . “Look for established companies that specialize in home renovations: they’ll use craftspeople with expertise and experience, and will offer firm deadlines and accurate cost estimates.”
3. Discuss your project with a couple home renovation services.
Call a few remodelers from your list to discuss your project. Describe what you envision for the home remodel, styles you like, your estimated budget, and other ideas for the remodeling work. Ask the remodeler if they can provide background information on their expertise and accomplishments. You can also ask to be connected to customers who can speak about their experience.
3. Ask if the remodeler has general liability insurance.
Be sure to ask some important questions about the remodeler’s business that will help ensure you hire the best professional. Does the remodeler have a license, if required in your state? Do they have general liability insurance in case of an accident on the job? Do they guarantee their work? How do they handle any problems that may arise on the project? Having these answers in advance will prevent future problems and nail down the best professional remodeler for the job.
4. Check the references and background of the remodeler.
After you start speaking with remodelers and find one or two who match your project’s needs, be sure to conduct some background research by checking with the Better Business Bureau, talking to their references, and asking if they are a trade association member (such as NAHB Remodelers). Remodelers with these qualities tend to be more reliable, better educated, and more likely to stay on top of construction and design trends.
5. Don’t fall for the lowest bidder.
Many people may be lured by the lowest price to their remodeling project, thinking that they have found a great deal. But beware of these alluring low prices. These bids may be more costly in the end if the contractor is cutting corners, not taking into account certain costs, or is inexperienced. Professional remodelers have stories about coming into homes to fix remodels from unscrupulous contractors who did shoddy work or failed to complete the job. Often, the lowest price may not ultimately provide the best value for your home remodel.
Make the smartest investment in your home by hiring a professional remodeler. They’ll help you stay on budget, solve remodeling challenges, and provide a higher-quality service.
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