Be sure to find a designer and remodeling contractor who are willing to listen to your needs and work with you on creating the best solution for your space. Visit our dealer locator for recommendations.
A group of NARI contractors agreed the most popular questions from homeowners were:
None of these questions help identify the quality or caliber of remodeler.
Here are some questions National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) members recommend asking before signing a remodeling contract.
A person's reputation speaks volumes and the same is true companies. Always ask contractors or remodelers for references from homeowners whose project they have completed in the past year. Also ask for business references from banks, sub-contractors, showrooms and other suppliers that the contractor has worked with in the last year. Your state website may offer helpful information on how to verify a contractor's license.
Be sure to ask licensed contractors for a copy of their license number; many states now allow you to verify contractor licenses online. For reference, view the consumer guide to working with contractors provided by the State of Minnesota. Many of the tips and suggestions are valid in every state, but be sure to check your state's website for specific rules and guidelines.
Ask if your contractor is a member of a local or national trade association, and then follow up with that association to verify.