Sunday, June 12, 2011

5 Tips to Choose Your Remodeler

As you are planning out your dream kitchen or remodeled bathroom, be prepared to find a contractor. It is important to be ready when deciding to use a professional remodeler. Below are five steps to ensure that you find the best person for the job. Be sure to do your homework and research all of your options before making your final choice.

1. Collect names of remodeling companies in your area
The National Association of Home Builders' Directory of Professional Remodelers* is a good place to begin your search. The directory will have a list of remodelers for you to contact. Also network between your friends and family. They can share their experiences with you.

2. Discuss your project with several remodelers
After you have narrowed your search to a few names contact the remodelers and discuss your project. Describe your vision of the remodel and ask for estimated quotes of prices.

3. Important questions to ask include:
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 before the start of the project will prevent future issues and help you to select the best professional remodeler for the job.
4. Check the references and background of the remodeler
After you have found remodelers with the experience to match the criteria of your home's needs, the next step is to perform background research. Ask the contractor for a list of references to contact. Also check with the Better Business Bureau and ask if the remodeler is a trade association member.

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. Many times extreme low prices are equivalent to the contractor cutting corners. In the end it will cost you more to make repairs. Unfortunately, the lowest price may not be the best value for your home.


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