Going Beyond the Basics When Choosing a Remodeler

Choosing the right professionals is more than just finding the remodeler or designer with the lowest price.  It is even more important that the company you choose to work with is the right company for you.

This article will focus on choosing the remodeler who is right for you so that you, your family and your home will have a positive experience. 

The following discussion is not meant to replace the basics in choosing a remodeler, but to help you go beyond the basics in your selection process.

Obviously you want a contractor who is insured and follows all federal and state regulations. Finding a contractor who is a member of a professional association such as the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) tells you that this contractor has gone beyond the basics and has joined a professional association that upholds a code of ethics and supports continuing education. 

Keep in mind that a professional remodeler will also use professional subcontractors for electrical and plumbing work.  Obviously, you want a safe electrical installation.  You also don’t want a plumbing mess to handle, especially water damage to your newly renovated home.

When choosing a remodeler it is always beneficial for you to speak with references.  I would not consider working with someone who can’t provide references.  When you speak with these references ask about how the project went.  Also ask what they liked most and what they liked least.  Although they may have loved the contractor, there is usually something that they liked least.

Another part of your decision in choosing a remodeler is to gauge whether the contractor has experience in the type of project you are interested in. It is important for you to determine who will best suit your specific needs. 

A key aspect in choosing your contractor is communication.  Depending on the size of your project you could be dealing with your contractor for an extended period of time.  Therefore it is critical that he is willing to listen and communicate.   For you, that means that he pays attention and appreciates your needs and is able to clearly explain all aspects of the project.  Listening to and understanding your needs can make or break your project.  You want to work with someone is open to your ideas, but who can also recommend solutions to satisfy your dreams for the project. 

Rather than focusing on price negotiations, I suggest that you and your contractor focus on creating your dream for your home.  Keep in mind that this renovation, whether small or large is something that you may be living with for years to come.  You certainly don’t want to have any regrets or wish that you had done it differently.