3 steps to selecting the right remodeler for your home.

If you are considering any type of remodeling job in your home and don’t want to tackle the job yourself, you will need to look around for a remodeling company. But what’s the best way to select the right one for you? By doing your homework, of course. In order to feel comfortable embarking on a project that will occur in your home and affect the look of your home, you will need to invest a little time to make sure you hire the right company. You may have a few companies in mind already, but we suggest you consider these recommendations in your selection process.


1. Referrals

This is probably the best way to narrow down the best remodeling companies for your project. You can ask your friends and neighbors who have had similar work done who they used and how they enjoyed the experience. If you are coming up empty or need additional candidates, likely you will go online to find companies.

You’ll want to look for reviews about companies on third-party websites. Read those carefully to find customers who did the type of work you are looking to do. In many cases, as a registered user of a site, you can contact other users who have reviewed a company and ask more detailed questions about their experience and even see pictures of their work.


2. Credentials

If looking for referrals is first on the list of requirements for finding the best remodeling company, credentials are second. The company you select should always have quality industry credentials. This includes being licensed and insured in your state. Ask the remodeler to see their contractor’s license if you are wary.

In addition to being licensed and insured, you should look for credentials from individual associations, like the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) or the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). These are official stamps of quality for each association showing the remodeling company meets specific standards for membership and is a participant in the industry. Home and Design Magazine recently highlighted Abbey Design Center’s awards from NARI including the 2017 CotY Grand Award in Basement Remodeling and  the Merit Award in Bath Remodeling.


3. Interview

Finally, make sure you interview your top choices. Write your questions down and ask each remodeler the same questions. This way you can compare their answers later and ensure you get all the information from each potential remodeler. Spending time to ask detailed questions will also give you a sample of their communication style, which will be important during the project. You’ll need to understand each other clearly to make the process go smoothly. You’ll also want to know how and when you will receive information (email, phone call, etc.) during the project. Asking these types of specific questions will help you choose the remodeler that will meet your expectations. And of course, you will have an emotional feeling about each candidate you interview. You should feel comfortable and excited about the remodeler you choose.

We are confident if you do your homework you will make the right choice. And we certainly hope Abbey Design Center makes the top of your remodeler list.

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