Selecting a trusted contractor for your custom renovation project can feel a lot like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure, there are a lot of Dallas area home remodelers out there to choose from, but not all of them will get the job done exactly the way you have envisioned it, or done right. In fact, some of them run the risk of botching the job entirely and unnecessarily draining your time and finances. In order to find a contractor you can trust, skip the advertisements and start your hunt using these tips.
Start with Recommendations
A tried and true way to know if a remodeling and design contractor is capable and competent is asking those who have already worked with the company to personally attest to their quality. Start by seeking input from friends and family, of course, but don’t stop there! Ask the remodeling company you are considering for a list of previous clients and current clients that you can call to find out firsthand how the process of their remodeling is really going.
A Google search is not just a good place to start finding the names of custom renovation companies, it’s also a good way to find out what former clients think of them. Online reviews on sites such as Houzz or Google can give you insight into the performance of companies, and some sites have client testimonials listed on their websites. If a contractor is listed on Guild Quality, you should be able to find trusted reviews there too.
Certifications, Insured, and Bonded
In the state of Texas, contractors are not required to go through a licensing process. As a result, it really is up to you, the consumer, to work hard to find a reputable remodeling company you can trust.
There is, however, an independent organization called the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI. This organization is often considered “the voice of the remodeling industry” because of the prominent and reputable presence in the industry. NARI offers certifications which holds remodeling companies to the highest possible standard. Once you’ve narrowed your list down to a few remodeling and design contractors you’re interested in, give them a call and ask if they are NARI Certified to ensure that they are a trusted and reputable remodeling company.
Additionally, ask the remodeling companies if they, and their subcontractors, are insured and bonded. Finding out if the company is insured lets you know the company is covered in the event something goes wrong.
Interview at Least 3 Contractors
It takes a little bit of extra work, but it is important to interview at least 3 contractors to see how each company works on the planning process for a successful remodeling experience. Do they have a solid system in place that will insure success for your renovations journey? If your gut says no, then keep searching until you find the right fit and can insure satisfaction. You can learn more by viewing this list of 10 Essential Questions to Ask to Find a Dallas Remodeling Company You Can Trust.
If running through these checks seems daunting, remember that it’s a small price to pay for finding a quality, custom home remodeler you can rely on. You’re trusting this person with your most valuable resources – your time, home and finances – so you want to be sure they’re up to the task with no history of abusing clients or their trust.