If You Want the Job Done Right, Hire a Professional Main Boise Home Builder
Any homeowner planning to remodel, wants nothing less than a professional job. Who wouldnt want the best quality in terms of workmanship and materials when it comes to improving their most prized and most valuable asset? However, when it comes to selecting a remodeler, too many buyers conveniently forget the time-proven adage that you get what you pay for.

The dilemma that confronts many homeowners is their desire for a top-notch job at the lowest possible price. With price as their primary focus, they ignore other criteria that may carry more weight in producing a successfully completed project and a smooth working relationship with the remodeler.  

It’s understandable that price is a major consideration when it comes to remodeling. The cost of remodeling has increased due to higher costs of some key materials like concrete, steel, copper wiring, plastic pipe, roofing, and drywall. Remodeling, a national trade magazine, reported in a Cost vs. Value survey that a mid-priced major kitchen remodel, the most popular remodeling project, costs $38,800. For a minor remodel of the same 200-square-foot kitchen, the cost is $14,800.
Homeowners need to understand that remodeling is a service and not merely a product. This service encompasses the intangibles that make up the process of remodeling – how everything comes together and results in a satisfying experience and an acceptable finished product. The materials and products that go into it can’t define a professional job alone.
The nature of remodeling as a service becomes even more pronounced when you consider that inevitably you’ll be sharing your home with the remodelers’ crews for weeks or even months, depending on the scale of the project. All remodeling involves some degree of inconvenience, but inconvenience can easily turn into a nightmare if your remodeler doesn’t put your family’s comfort and concerns first.
Rather than selecting a remodeler based on who offers the lowest price, I strongly suggest that you shift your focus to finding a professional remodeler. If the estimate is higher than what you budgeted, work with the remodeler to decide where you can cut back or what you can postpone to keep the project on budget. As I noted in my previous blog post, using a professional design-build remodeler who is familiar with both old and new products and materials and can guide you through the design of your project and the selection of materials, fixtures, and equipment – recommending the most cost-effective choices, can help you reduce the cost. You can always have the remodeler frame in for that fireplace to be installed later or prewire everything for that future in-home theater system, but he can’t upgrade the company’s customer service if there wasn’t any to begin with. And using a professional design-build remodeler will also assure you that the trade contractors and suppliers working on your remodeling project are reputable.
Some important things you should consider to ensure that you hire a professional remodeler are: 
  • Experience – Ask how long the remodeler has been in business. Longevity suggests financial stability, which is necessary for the remodeler to finish the job and still be available if problems crop up after the job is completed. Also, the more jobs the company has completed, the more expertise the remodeler will bring to your project and the hidden surprises that remodeling typically entails.
  • Reputation – Look to the remodelers’ former and current customers to gauge the company’s reputation. Obtain the names and phone numbers of customers you can call to get their impressions of the company’s work and customer service. Call them and make personal visits to see the work they had done. Even better, get references from customers whose projects were similar to the one your family is planning. If possible, go visit one of the company’s jobs in progress to evaluate how they manage the construction process and how clean they keep the job site. Ask whether these homeowners would hire the company again.
  • Business Practices - A good place to start your search for a remodeler is with your local builders association. Is the remodeler an active participant in the local builders association or other trade organization such as the Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders Membership in the Remodelers Council indicates a remodeler’s commitment to professional-quality construction that meets or exceeds industry standards and practices. Groups like these help to keep their members informed about new products, construction techniques, business practices and industry issues. Participation demonstrates a remodeler’s commitment to professionalism and to the remodeling industry. Many trade organizations also confer professional credentials.
  • Credentials - Is the remodeler accredited in a certification program? The National Association of Home Builders confers professional credentials, such as the Graduate Master Builder (GMB), Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), These professional credentials indicate that they have met a prescribed set of educational requirements and follow a strict code of business and professional ethics. This is a positive indicator of the remodeler’s reputation.
  • License and Insurance - Ask to see a copy of the remodeler’s contractors registration. You can also go online to the Idaho Bureau Of Occupational Licenses website to verify their registration and see if there have been any disciplinary actions against the company you might hire. If they are registered, they are required to carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Have the remodeler show you copies of both insurance certificates to protect yourself from liability in situations involving job site injuries or property damage resulting from the work being done on your home.
If your goal is a professional remodeling project, then your best bet is to hire a professional remodeler. The extra cost will pay for itself in the satisfaction you receive while the project is in progress and during the many years you will enjoy the completed project. 
Think you can do it yourself? A do-it-yourself project CAN be both rewarding and cost-effective. But did you know that more than 30% of all jobs remodelers perform come from failed do-it-yourselfers?
Chuck Miller GMB   CGB   MIRM   CMP   MCSP   CSP
President / Builder – Chuck Miller Construction Inc.
(208) 229-2553
Posted by Chuck Miller at 6/8/2008 9:37:00 PM
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