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How to Choose a Home Remodeler

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The weather is slowly but surely warming up, and many homeowners are coming out of winter hibernation with home improvements in mind. There’s a lot you can do on your own: plant a flowerbed, power wash the deck, or refresh the paint in the dining room. But for larger projects, you’re going to want to hire a professional. That’s the easy decision. Actually hiring a contractor for your remodeling project can be hard. Here are a few ways to go about it.

Ask around! Your friends and family are rich sources of information, especially if they have recently completed a remodeling project, and social media makes it easy to ask your network for recommendations. (The best references often come from those you know!) Whether they have a favorite remodeler or can offer tips on “red flags” to be mindful of, you’ll be getting an honest assessment.

Take a drive around your neighborhood. If homes in your area are being remodeled, the yards will often have signage promoting the remodeling company doing the work, providing you with additional contractors to add to your consideration set. You might also consider calling your neighbor for feedback on the work being done at their home, along with how well the contractor has stayed on schedule and budget.

Embrace online resources. Websites like Angie’s List allow you to learn from the experiences of other homeowners to help evaluate which remodeler is right for your project.

Another great online resource is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Find a Remodeler online tool. According to NARI, their members voluntarily follow a strict Code of Ethics, so “you can be assured your NARI remodeler is properly insured and following all local, state and federal regulations.”

Listen to your instincts. You know your home, your needs and your budget. Your remodeler should be your expert resource during the remodeling process. While interviewing possible remodelers, if you don’t feel a sense of collaboration and partnership, consider how that might affect the project and final outcome. Your remodeling partner should be someone that you’re not only comfortable with, but also shares your final vision.

For more ideas for your next remodeling project, visit our Inspiration Gallery. From room photos to case studies, it’s a great place to get inspired–and a great tool to communicate likes and style preferences to your remodeler.