Selecting a Remodeling Contractor

Overview

The remodeling contractor you choose can be the biggest factor in determining the success or stress of your remodeling project. Selecting the right remodeler means, you are much more likely to be satisfied with your project and the remodeling experience. Select the wrong remodeler, however, and your project and remodeling experience could become one of those remodeling horror stories you hear of all too often.

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Is Your Remodeling Project Priced for Problems?

Getting a fair estimate for your project is important. But what if the price seems almost too good?

According to one remodeling industry expert, “remodeling horror stories often start with a great price.” Why is that?

Shopping for a remodeling project isn’t like purchasing a brand-name product where you get the same product no matter what retailers charge. In fact, comparing ...

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The Broad Appeal of Universal Design

When looking for ideas for remodeling your home, you may have heard the term Universal Design.

What exactly does Universal Design that mean?

Universal Design is the concept of making living areas accessible and safe for all – young, old, and every age in between, as well as people with physical limitations. Using Universal Design principles is a great idea when you update your home, ...

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Designing and Remodeling Your Bathroom For Aging In Place

Home is where your heart is. That is why, for most people, when it comes time to consider options like nursing facilities or assisted living, almost no one wants to leave their home. In fact, a 2014 study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that among people 65 and older, 87 percent wanted to “age in place.”

The problem with ...

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Could a Home Addition Hurt Resale Value?


Fact is, not all home additions are created equal. Whether you’re doing a room addition or a multi-story addition, the way it’s documented, designed and built at the start will affect your enjoyment of the addition and your home’s resale value as well. That’s why it’s so important to work with a reputable home addition contractor who will get ...

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Things Are Looking “Up” for More Living Space

Attic Finishing & Conversions:

Do you feel like you’re running out of space? If you have unused attic space, a well-designed attic finishing project can reward you with a great new craft room, home office, family room, kids’ retreat or a private suite brimming with closets and a luxurious bath.

Your existing home’s structure provides limits and options. The biggest problems are typically providing stair access, ...

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Yellow Flag Questions

Unlike Red Flags, a single Yellow Flag probably shouldn’t disqualify a remodeler. But they do alert you to the chance that you may have a less-than-satisfactory experience. The more Yellow Flags, the more cautious you should be, and if there are several, you should indeed consider looking elsewhere for a remodeler.

1.  The remodeler arrives late, misses the appointment, shows up unkempt and appears to be unprofessional and unprepared.

2.  The remodeler does not have a website or has a website that ...

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Green Flag Questions

If there are no Red Flags and few Yellow Flags, it’s reasonable to assume that the remodeler is one you can further consider to do your project. But is the remodeler properly qualified and the best choice for you, your project, and your budget? Here is a list of considerations to help you decide.

1.  Is the remodeler experienced with the kind of work you are looking for? (working with older homes, kitchen, addition, bathroom, whole house, historic restoration, energy efficient, ...

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Red Flags Questions

Any remodeler who raises red flags is one we believe you should not consider further. If you get an unsatisfactory response to even ONE of these questions, we recommend you disqualify them from consideration.

1. The remodeler cannot show that they have a currently registered business and are currently licensed as a contractor to do the kind of work you are looking to have done.

2. The remodeler is unwilling to provide you the street address of the business. It is okay ...

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