Selecting a Contractor
Finding the right contractor is an important step for any building or remodeling project. Here are a few steps that can help ensure you’re happy with the end results:
- To find a contractor, contact friends and neighbors who’ve had work done on their own homes. Then check with the National Association of Home Builders if you’re starting new construction. (If you’re remodeling your home, consult the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for a list of members in your area)
- Once you’ve got a list of potential contractors, visit the Better Business Bureau to look up the histories of the contractors you’re considering. Or visit 1800Contractor.com, Angie’s List, Contractors.com, Houzz or another third-party resource where you can find other contractors near you.
- Check to see that any contractor you’re considering working with is licensed and insured. In this way, you’ll be protected if any accidents or mishaps occur, as their insurance should cover it.
- Check to see if your potential contractor is a member of or has been certified by an industry group like NARI, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), or the NAHB Remodeling Council. Membership and/or certification by these associations show a level of commitment to professional standards.
- Ask for a list of customer references, ask questions about the work, and maybe plan a visit to see the contractor’s work firsthand!