How to Hire a Professional Remodeler


Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM

North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) ncbia.com

If you have collected photos of your dream kitchen, drafted a general budget, and talked with friends about how you wish your home was more comfortable or modern, you may be ready to hire a professional remodeler to get the job done right. Each May, the housing industry celebrates Home Remodeling Month and the NCBIA has some helpful tips to guide you in finding the best remodeler for your project.

Do your homework when hiring a professional remodeler,A professional has training, experience and references from satisfied clients to demonstrate their remodeling expertise.

Check out these steps for hiring a professional remodeler:

  • Discuss your project with a couple of remodelers.
    Call a few remodelers from your list to discuss your project. Describe what you envision for the home remodel, the 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. They may have a website or brochure they can share that describes their experience and accomplishments. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  1. Do not fall for the lowest bidder.
    Many people may be lured by the lowest price for 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 considering 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 will help you stay on budget, solve remodeling challenges, and provide higher-quality service.

For more tips on planning a home remodel or hiring a professional remodeler, visit NAHB’s Consumer Resources page or contact the NCBIA.. We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090.   We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).  

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