May is National Home Remodeling Month. If you are thinking about a remodel, consider these five primary qualities of professional remodelers that set them apart from “do it yourselfers.”
Quality 1: Customer Service
Knowledgeable home remodelers understand that they are providing a service, not a one-size-fits-all product. Just as every homeowner is an individual, each home is also unique.
A professional remodeler knows how to create customized solutions for the residents and provide continuing customer support.
Quality 2: Business Management and Integrity
Running a business well is part of the responsibilities of a professional remodeler. This includes having good communications skills and business systems that render easy-to-understand contracts and invoices, having insurance, providing warranties, and more.
Better business management means better service for homeowners because they can rely on the remodeler to perform with integrity.
Make a point of checking the Washington State Labor and Industries account of any perspective building professional you are considering hiring. It has a handy website that is a great resource for determining if a perspective builder or remodeler has a valid contractor’s license and bond and whether the company or individual has had any past safe issues or legal disputes.
Quality 3: Experience
Do you know what to expect when you take that wall out? Professional remodelers understand the structure of a home and are prepared for surprises behind walls. They’ve developed expertise from performing home remodels and attending trainings, and are familiar with laws and regulations pertaining to home construction.
Another thing to consider is that professional remodelers not only have the requisite skills but have also invested in the necessary tools to complete a project.
Quality 4: Longevity
Anyone may be able to purchase a truck and some tools, but only professional remodelers have the skills to remain in business for the long haul. By understanding the practice and business of home remodeling, these professionals can manage changes in the market and return to service your home for years to come.
Use the remodelers you can trust to fix problems and keep a home in good health for the long term.
Another advantage is that when materials are delivered to a jobsite damaged, a professional remodeler with a good reputation can typically have those materials replaced in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, which is often not the case for DIYers.
Quality 5: Creativity
Home remodeling frequently involves problem solving, such as maximizing existing space, strategically building additions or navigating limited budgets. Professional remodelers can help homeowners manage challenges and meet their needs while staying within their budget.
Experience and skills help remodelers propose choices and solutions to satisfy their customers.
By using a professional, you can harness the remodeler’s skills and knowledge to create a more comfortable home.
To find qualified remodelers, contact the Home Builders Association of Kitsap County.