Remodeler's Green Smart Council est. 1991

“It is important that you choose an expert who understands the problems of remodeling whether your plans call for minor repairs, the addition of a room, reconditioning the areas within the dwelling or renovation of the exterior.”

A remodeling contractor performs the following important services:

Is responsible for all phases of the job from start to finish – planning, designing, labor, materials and scheduling.

Coordinates work by various trades to avoid costly and inconvenient delays.

Obtains all necessary permits, arranges for required inspections, complies with Social Security, Workers Compensation and other local, state and national regulations the protect the consumer.

As a homeowner, you help to ensure that a project goes smoothly when you:

Designate one person to be the contact with the remodeler, keep informed of job progress and answer questions as they arise.

Avoid trying to resolve questions or problems with workers or subcontractors. They too must answer to a single boss or confusion will result.

Make changes to the original contract in writing and see that additional cost is specified. Verbal change orders can be costly, cause delays, or create misunderstandings.

Plan your project carefully in order to avoid unnecessary changes.

As a consumer, you should:

– Call your local Home Builders Association or Remodelers Council for a list of their remodeler members – (BIABB or FHBA)

– Take your time. Most problems occur when consumers fail to investigate remodelers carefully before hiring them.

– Inquire about the remodelers Workers Compensation and General Liability Insurance. They should be adequate to protect you and your property against lawsuits if an accident occurs during the construction.

– Be specific about starting and completion dates. However, remember that some delays are unavoidable and beyond the remodeler’s control.

– Be skeptical of an unusually low bid or low advertised price. If a remodeler cannot pay for materials, labor and overhead, you are both in trouble.

– Select a remodeler you are comfortable with, one who understands your tastes and needs and with whom you communicate well.

– Ask for references and check them out. Ask to see a completed job if possible.

– Check with your local Chamber of Commerce of Better Business Bureau for any documented complaints against the contractor.