Choosing a Remodeler Checklist

You have been putting off a much needed home remodel for years, but the time has finally come for you to make the leap and get started. You know which aspect of your home you wish to start with, a general idea of the desired end result, and enough budget set aside to make a worthwhile investment. One small problem – you are not sure which remodeling contractor you would like to get into business with.

The remodeling contractor that you choose to work with on your project sets the tone for the overall process. When sifting through business cards and websites of potential remodelers, always remember to:

Do Your Research
While this may seem like a daunting task, the step is critical in ensuring that you find the right contractor for your budget, style, and working relationship. Start by conducting thorough web-based research. Is their website professional? Are they a trusted member of NARI? Once those credentials check out, dig a little deeper. Ask to see the contractor’s certificates, and even inquire about past customer references. Online resources like the NARI website ( can also be a great help when finding the right professional for your project. Investing quality time in this step will allow you the comfort of an informed decision.

Plan Ahead
What kind of contractor is it that you want? Do you want someone that can effectively design new elements of your home, someone that is more of a hands on builder, or someone that can do both? Depending on the projects you are looking to take on, the kind of remodeler you will want to work with will change. Make a detailed plan and share that with your potential remodeling contractor to ensure that you are always on the same page, before you even get started.

Protect Yourself
Whether it be in terms of finances or your zone’s legal building codes, always stay informed on every aspect of your remodeling project. Also make clear expectations known before the project even begins with a detailed contract specifying exactly what will be done in your home, how it will be done, when it will be done, and the cost. That contract will help the project to stay on task, and protect you from any discrepancies down the road.

Choosing the right remodeler can seem like an overwhelming task, but once you complete your research and have conversations with potential contractors, you will be well set on your road to remodel. Remember to always keep an open line of communication with any remodeler that you may be thinking about working with, and continue that once your decision has been made and the project has begun. Choosing the right contractor today will ensure a worry free remodel tomorrow.

For more information on remodeling your home, visit McCray Lumber and Millwork today.