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How to find a professional remodeler

Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

Chris Mabee

Remodeling your home is a big decision that requires planning and resources, but doing so can enhance the comfort and look of your home, increase its value, and improve efficiency.

Many remodeling projects are more complicated than the average DIY-er is able to handle, so consider these steps when searching for a professional remodeler:

Collect names of remodeling companies: Start by searching the National Association of Home Builders’ Directory of Professional Remodelers at www.nahb.org/remodel, or contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga. Also, ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.

Narrow your list: Call a few remodelers from your list to discuss your project. Describe what you envision for the home remodel, styles you like, your estimated budget, and other ideas for the remodeling work. Ask the remodelers to provide background information, brochures, or a website address that covers their expertise, experience, and accomplishments.

Ask the critical questions: Verifying a few important facts will help identify the best professional remodeler for the job. Does the remodeler have a license? What about general liability insurance in case of an accident on the job? Is the work guaranteed? What is the payment schedule?

Check the references and background: Once you find one or two remodelers who match your project’s needs, be sure to conduct some research by checking with the Better Business Bureau, talking to their references, and asking if they are a trade association member (such as HBAGC or NAHB Remodelers). Remodelers with affiliations tend to be more reliable, better trained, and more likely to stay on top of construction and design trends.

Don’t fall for the lowest bidder: You might be tempted by a lowball bid, thinking you’ve found a great deal. But these quotes may actually be costlier in the end if the contractor is cutting corners, not taking into account certain costs, or is inexperienced. 

For more tips on planning a home remodel or hiring a professional remodeler, visit nahb.org/remodel or contact the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at (423) 624-9992 or info@HBAGC.net.