Checklist for Hiring a Professional Remodeler

Doing your homework will help you have a more successful experience.

Use this checklist to help you select a qualified and professional remodeler to work on your home.

  • Contact your local home builders’ association for the names of member remodelers: wwwhbapdx.org. You can search specifically for remodelers or you can search for specific services, but make sure to look for members with the PRO logo, indicating that they are members of the Professional Remodelers Organization.
  • Make sure the remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s ratings online through review services like Google, Yelp, or Citysearch.  Also look to see if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org.
  • Make sure the remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Ask the remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Make sure the remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you!
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!
  • Verify that your remodeler is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator if you are planning work in a pre-1978 home that will disturb more than six square feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home. Learn more about the EPA’s lead paint rule.

About Professional Remodelers Organization of the HBA
The Professional Remodelers Organization of the HBA of Metro Portland (PRO) has a core purpose to facilitate expert remodeling choices to all residents in the greater Portland area; and to unite remodelers and related industry professionals to create an environment which enables members to effectively and knowledgeably meet the needs of their clients and employees.

PRO is comprised of a growing and energetic group of remodelers, subcontractors and suppliers who take an active part in their community and association. Members have the opportunity to network, promote their business, and give back to their community through monthly luncheons, the Tour of Remodeled Homes and charity events.

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One response to “Checklist for Hiring a Professional Remodeler

  1. Wow great Checklist for hiring the basement remodeling contractor…!!

    Really a nice post and liked it very much…!!

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