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Remodelers Council members offer tips to pick a contractor
One of the first steps in planning a home remodel is to find a professional contractor. Whether you get a referral from a friend, read reviews, or respond to an ad, your goal is to find a company that is good, reliable and has experience with the type of project you are planning.
Kelly Kirk of Greymark Construction Co. said, “My number one recommendation for choosing a contractor is to go with the company you trust the most. It’s a relationship and you need to have trust on both sides. The company is coming into your intimate space and you’ll be with them every day, so you need to make sure you’re going through it with someone you like.”
You will be working with your contractor for many weeks or months depending on the size of your project. You and the contractor need to communicate effectively.
“Communication is extremely important,” said Moe Toofan of Texas Building & Remodeling “You want to work with a company you can trust to do the work right — the first time.”
Toofan said, “You can find information about a contractor’s reputation from social media, references, awards, and the time they have been in the remodeling business. It is important to find remodeling contractors who belong to professional organizations such as the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA).”
Sandra Crook of Greymark Construction Co., highlights the importance of a contractor’s credentials.
“If it were my home, I would look for a remodeler that has the expertise and knowledge to back up their work. Without contractor license requirements by the State of Texas, anyone can get in the business. Designations from the National Association of Home Builders through the GHBA tell homeowners that a remodeler is proficient with the latest skills and techniques and that their business practices are sound. But more than that, it says they are committed to excellence. These designations include Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Green Professional, Graduate Master Builder, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist. That information is needed to make the right decision when choosing a remodeler.”
There is some helpful basic information that is good for you to know when bringing contractors into your home. Larry Abbott of Abbott Contracting advises that “there are some things everyone who lives, works or plays at your home should know; where the water shut off valve is, how to shut off the sprinkler system, where the
gas shutoff is and the location of the electrical service box and which breaker works with each device or appliance.”
Many of us recently experienced a lengthy power outage. Having a backup generator for your home is in high demand. When you are choosing a company to install a home generator, keep in mind that installations require multiple experienced skills and trades to ensure your standby generator provides years of protection for your household. Jared Porsche of Generator Industries recommends, “When contemplating a whole house generator, be sure to get a turnkey solution from start to finish for a smooth, complete installation.”
By taking the time to do your research when choosing a contractor, you will save yourself time, money, and unneeded stress. Remember, a good remodeler will take the time to listen to your needs and wants. Whether you are remodeling a room or renovating a whole house, it is important to choose the right professional to ensure a successful project outcome.
This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For more information on this article, contact Lorraine
Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.