How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor


December 28, 2019

When looking for a home remodeler, keep in mind that you are the employer hiring an employee. You’d gather applications, narrow down the list, interview the top applicants, and then make a decision. When you choose a remodeling contractor, the process is the same. These steps ensure you’re making an educated and informed decision. 

Reviews and Referrals

Checking a home remodeler’s references helps you gather needed information from an unbiased third-party. Ask for at least three references and follow up with all of them. Ask the reference the following questions to get a full picture of the remodeler’s reliability and quality of work. 

  • What kind of work did you hire the contractor for?
  • Was the job completed on time? 
  • How did the contractor handle issues that arose?
  • Are you satisfied with the results?
  • Would you hire the contractor again?

Because contractors give satisfied references for referrals, go beyond further. Check the candidate’s complaint and litigation history, examine their portfolio, verify licenses, and read online reviews. Great resources for this include local court records, disciplinary boards, Better Business Bureau, Google, and Yelp. 

Credentials and Certifications

Locally-based home remodeling contractors rely heavily on word of mouth to stay in business. The longer a company has been in business, the more likely it is that they do excellent work. However, young companies aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Newer contractors provide lower prices and eagerly perform to establish a proven track record. 

Memberships in local, regional, and national builder associations indicate professionalism and expertise. They stay updated on the latest home remodeling trends, technology, building supplies, and state regulations. To verify industry designations, visit the designee’s website. 

Inquire and Interview

Just like you question referrals, ask family and friends for recommendations on remodeling contractors. If you notice a completed job around town, a neighbors new addition or a revamped storefront, that catches your eye, ask for the name of the remodeler. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospects, begin the interview process. Set meetings early in the process. Find out about the remodeling business and past work, but focus on how the contractor communicates with you. Are they asking you questions in return? If not, they should be. Get a written estimate and compare it amongst the interviewees. Confirm that the remodeler is licensed, bonded, and insured. Request documentation. 

Choosing Joseph Douglas Homes

Joseph Douglas Homes, located in Menomonee Falls, WI, specializes in home renovations including kitchens, bathrooms, lower levels, attic spaces, complete additions, and whole-house remodels. Recognized both locally and nationally for our outstanding work, we bring the same craftsmanship we put into our new homes to our remodeling projects. 

Joseph Douglas Homes placed 2nd in the nation in homeowner satisfaction. We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. So if you’re looking for a home remodeling expert in southeastern Wisconsin who uses high-quality remodeling materials and who has a proven track record of highly satisfied customers, then contact Joseph Douglas Homes!

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