What to ask before you begin your remodeling project

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(PHOTO COURTESY HARRY DURHAM)

 

If you’re planning a home remodel, hire a professional remodeler with excellent credentials. According to the Greater Houston Builders Association, the best remodeling results are achieved when qualified remodelers do the work.

Ask about these credentials when hiring a professional remodeler:

 

 

  1. Insurance

All professional home remodelers should be insured and able to display a certificate proving possession of insurance. Insurance helps to demonstrate that the remodeling firm is in good standing.

  1. Professional Designations

The most skilled professional remodelers not only have experience on the job, but education. This may include designations such as Certified Graduate Remodeler, Graduate Master Remodeler, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Green Professional and more. These remodelers have invested in continuing education and professional development to keep their remodeling and business skills sharp and better serve their customers.

  1. Association Membership

Many successful remodelers are members of trade associations like the Greater Houston Builders Association — because it offers business resources and continuing education. Membership also provides opportunity for professional growth and expanding knowledge of the remodeling industry.

  1. Business Skills

Experienced remodelers know how to manage their business, which provides stability and security for their customers. These professionals will provide a written contract for a home remodeling job, as well as guarantees and warranties for their work. Another important sign of honest business practices from a remodeler is outlining a clear payment schedule and not requiring large amounts of cash up front. Professional remodelers should also have a good reputation with the Better Business Bureau and a good credit report, indicating solid business operations.

Conduct thorough research when hiring a professional home remodeler so that you hire someone with good credentials. Verifying smart business practices and remodeling expertise will better ensure that your home remodel will be completed successfully.