Sign up to attend the Renovated Homes Tour and learn about renovation trends, speak with design-build experts, at www.remodeltour.com You can tour the house in this video – remodeled by Irons Brothers Construction – on October 22. We look forward to seeing you there.
After spending more time at home for a few years, you may be one of the many homeowners motivated to upgrade your home and hire a home improvement or remodeling professional. Depending on the size of your project, you’ll likely be sharing your home with renovating teams for weeks or even months. Finding a reliable professional to oversee your renovation from start to finish is essential.
With so many options, where to start your search for a professional? The best place to start is with a directory of home improvement professionals. Melissa Irons, chair of the King & Snohomish Council of Renovators of the local Master Builders Association (MBA) for 2022, recommends that you “hire an experienced local renovator or design-build company that has expertise in the type of work you plan to have done.For several reasons, including education, safety training, building code knowledge, and many more, hiring an MBA professional is a solid choice.
MBA (Association of Master Builders) has a directory of professional renovators in your area dedicated to the highest professional and ethical standards in the home building industry. After narrowing down your search, take note of the following features to ensure you enjoy your finished project.
Live. Ask how long the renovator has been in business. Longevity suggests financial stability, which is necessary for the renovator to complete the job and still be available if problems arise after the job is complete. In addition, the more work the company has carried out, the more the renovator will bring his expertise to your project.
Reputation. Ask the remodeler for the names and phone numbers of customers so you can call to get their impressions of the company’s work and customer service. Ideally, ask to be in contact with clients whose projects are similar to the one you are planning. Ask if these owners would hire the business again.
Business credentials. Ask your renovator about their involvement with your local builders association and its affiliated Local Renovators Council. Groups like these keep their members informed about new products, construction techniques, business practices and industry issues. Participation can be an indicator of a remodeler’s commitment to professionalism and the remodeling industry.
License and insurance. Ask to see a copy of the remodeler’s license, if your state has such requirements, and call the licensing agency to find out if there are any unresolved complaints against the company you might hire. It is also important to check that the renovator has workers’ compensation insurance and liability insurance. Insurance certificates protect you from liability for jobsite injuries or property damage resulting from work performed at your home.
For more information on finding, evaluating and working with a renovator, visit the Consumer Advice page at www.ironsbc.com/consumer-tips (Iron Brothers Construction).
To visit an MBA Remodelers Council Members Open House next weekend, October 22, visit www.remodeltour.com to register. We look forward to seeing you there!
By: Joseph & Melissa Irons
Irons Brothers Construction, Inc.
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