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Finding a remodeler whose vision aligns with your dream bathroom/kitchen doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you’re adding square footage to a bathroom or are looking to spice up your kitchen, the right remodeler can transform the space into a haven for your home. He or she will communicate with any subcontractors, handle the permit process, and ensure that the project is completed to your expectations.
If you’re new to remodeling, the task of finding a qualified remodeling contractor can seem daunting. Fortunately, as long as you do your research and are prepared for your remodeler design meetings, your bathroom or kitchen project should be completed without a hitch! Here’s our guide to choosing a qualified remodeler for your bathroom and kitchen needs:
If you are looking for a bathroom & kitchen home remodeler, a great place to start your search is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Remodelers affiliated with NARI voluntarily follow a strict Code of Ethics and undergo a screening process. Simply enter your zip code into the NARI website’s database of professional remodelers, and you’re sure to find a qualified professional that can meet your needs.
Word-of-mouth can also be a reliable way to find a bathroom and kitchen remodeling contractor. If your friends, family members, or co-workers have recently remodeled their home, ask them for recommendations.
Many bathroom & kitchen remodelers have websites or photo galleries that contain before & after pictures of their work. When browsing through their pictures, take note of their style choices—do they specialize in one specific type of style, or can they work with many? Does their style mesh well with that of your dream bathroom/kitchen? Have they completed projects similar to the one you envision?
Once you’ve compiled a list of potential remodelers, you can look up online reviews to narrow down your search. Industry-specific websites such as GuildQuality contain remodeler bios, website links, photo galleries, and reviews. Google+, Bing, and Yelp also contain quality client reviews that can help guide you to the right trade professional for your needs.
Some remodelers will list any certifications on their websites or social media pages. They may also note when their firm was founded or how long they’ve been in the industry. When contacting remodelers who don’t have websites, make sure to ask about their certifications and experience in working on projects similar to yours.
When asked for references, remodelers will generally give you a list of a couple of references that they give to every client. Instead, ask for references for projects that 1) address your specific project type and scope 2) have been completed in the past, such as a couple of years ago 3) are being worked on today. If you see a project in their portfolio that is similar to the one you envision completing, ask for that specific reference.
Asking references the right questions will give you the knowledge you need in order to proceed with the projects. Some helpful questions:
After you’ve read some positive reviews, spoken to references, and seen examples of certification and successful projects, it’s time to meet with your remodeler. You should prepare by collecting pictures of rooms and styles that you admire and note any that particularly strike you. The more detailed you are, the clearer the pricing estimate you’ll receive. Also, take note of what you like and dislike about your current bathroom/kitchen.
Another aspect to consider before your meeting is your preferred project working style. Some homeowners like to be more involved in the process, whereas others prefer to be less involved. Make sure that the remodeler gives you a reliable point person to contact if you have any questions.
Jot down any questions you have for the remodeler before your meeting. During the meeting, you’ll want to note how open they are to answering your questions.
Your contract should be as detailed as possible. Before signing the contract, the choices for fixtures, finishes, paint colors, and other items should already have been selected and should be included in the contract. Aim not to have allowances in the contract, for these unknowns can add to unexpected expenses and delays.
Looking to select bathroom and kitchen products for your remodeling or building project? Visit a Crawford Supply Group showroom, located in Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and we’ll connect you with the right products for your needs. You can also check out our “Locate a Professional” pages in the Homeowners section of each website!