What to Look for in a Remodeler
How do I find the right contractor for my home remodel or addition? Who will do a professional job, on time and for a fair price? There is no single correct answer, but HSA can provide the following guidelines to help you.
Consider All Your Options
- Ask your friends for names of contractors whose work is similar in size and complexity to yours. A contractor who did a great job dry–walling a basement may not be qualified to do an addition.
- Lookonline for contractors who have earned awards or certifications, who advertise for your type of project, and who are full–service remodelers. An organization with a broad range of expertise is probably better able complete a complex project than one whose experience is limited.
- Drive around and look for jobs that are currently underway. Stop and talk to the owners about their remodeler.
Visit Contractors’ Offices
- Does the contractor you are interested in working with have a permanent location, posted business hours, a staff, and displays? Look for the Builder’s License and ask to see current Certificates of Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
- Ask to see drawings and photos of jobs similar to yours. Can they design your project? Does the contractor have enough employees to commit to continuous staffing of your job?
- Ask for clients’ names (preferably whose projects are similar to yours) and then call and talk with them about their experiences with the remodeler.