- Look for Experience
(Not just years in the business, but also experience doing the kind of work you want to be done. There are plenty of reliable remodelers who do nothing more than swap out fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms. That's fine if all you want is a bit of a "facelift". However, if you're looking for more . . . .
- Research Reputation
Do some asking around within the community. Reliable, quality remodelers tend to stand out. Check out their pages on sources such as houzz.com where you can get an idea of their capability and also see comments and reviews from past clients.
- Check References
Ask your potential remodelers for references. Reputable remodelers will be happy to provide references (and links to images) of past projects. But don’t just settle for names and addresses on a piece of paper. Pick out a couple of the names and give them a call or send them an email asking them what it was like to work with the contractor you’re considering. If you wonder what to ask one of your potential builder’s references, here’s a post that walks you through how to check a remodeler’s references.
- Ask About Design Ability
It’s easy to focus on the “hammers and nails” part of remodeling when choosing your remodeler. There’s no doubt that excellent craftsmanship is important. But great remodeling results begin with great design. You’ll want to make sure that whoever you choose to work on your Naples home has the design skills that will deliver the results you want. That’s one of the great advantages of the design-build remodeling process. The designer you work with to create the plan for your remodel is part of the same team that actually builds what you decide on. You don’t have to worry about your ideas not being passed on accurately. What you and your designer agree on is what will be drawn up for the craftsmen to work on. That’s one reason we’ve hired an award-winning team of professional designers to help you create the perfect plan.
- Interview and Don’t Overlook the Trust Factor
Remodeling your Naples-area home is a very personal endeavor. It’s difficult to get a feel for your contractor merely by looking at a computer screen. That means you’ll want to spend some time interviewing potential contractors. You don’t have to conduct in-depth interviews with every remodeler you’re considering. But as you narrow down your choices based on the information you collect, you really should make sure that you actually sit down and talk face to face with a representative from the company you’re considering. In addition to talking about plans and pricing and schedules, you’ll want to take note of how well that person listens to you. Do you get the sense that they are really paying attention to your needs, desires, and questions? Do you get the feeling that they are going to pass on your questions and concerns? Or do you have the impression that they’ve already decided how to tackle the project? This part of the selection process is a bit subjective, but it’s important that you choose a contractor you feel you can trust to deliver the results you want. Here are some tips to help you ask the right questions when interviewing a Naples remodeler.
Working with the right remodeler is essential to enjoying the remodeling process and to achieve the results you want. Following these five steps can help ensure that you find the remodeler that is the right fit for you.