Remodeling contractors can help you do everything from the small, like finding the right lighting, to the huge, like bathroom additions. Finding the right remodeling professionals is another story. All of us know someone who has had a bad experience with even professional remodelers, especially before the existence of the world wide web where resources for finding reputable professional remodeling services are plentiful.
Avoid the all-too-often nightmare scenario associated with professional remodelers with questionable business ethics by using the following resources:
1. Pre-screened professional remodeling databases;
2. Checklists and standards; and
3. Websites devoted to exposing any bad press of any remodeling companies you consider.
Remodeler databases can be a great place to start your search for professional remodelersThere are a ton of databases for remodeling contractors. If you plan on finding one through a national database and not through word-of-mouth, be sure you look for services that have some sort of pre-screening process in place. Keep in mind that the pre-screening process is not a guarantee by the database company that you'll be happy with the work so find a set of guidelines that works for your job.
Make your own checklist and look for remodeling professionals with national certificationLooking for companies who adhere to a strict set of rules is always a good idea but making a checklist can help you set up standards that are specific to your needs. A checklist should be very thorough and should cover all topics ranging from where your belonging will be stored during remodeling to exactly how you expect the remodel to look when complete.
Search for reports on specific professional remodelers through consumer sitesThere are always two sides to every story, but a simple way to find out if a remodeling company has any customer feedback -- positive or negative -- is to go to consumer review sites. Finding information about any given company is as easy as typing in the company name and hitting the search button.
- Before seriously considering remodeling companies, ask the lead contractor for his personal contact number. Call the number and find out how easily you can get in touch with him or her. If you have trouble reaching your professional remodeling contractor from the beginning, imagine how much trouble you'll have reaching him should a dispute arise.