The Residential Remodeling Industry

Having your house remodeled is one of the most intimate relationships that you will have with any outside business

The residential remodeling industry is a rough place to work. Potential customers lump contractors into the category of car salesmen, mechanics, and snake oil vendors. Honestly rightly so for a couple reasons. Many contractors depending on the state don’t need a “license” just a registration which allows a very low entry point for the industry. Most anyone can go down to home depot and buy a hammer, order some magnetic truck signs from vistaprint and now they are a  “contractor” and off they go ripping out your kitchen. Then end up on the local news due to their botch reno and it continues to reinforce peoples bias.

So who is to blame?………. Everyone. We should have better regulations, mandating a course to take just like a real estate agent or home inspector etc. The clients, most of all, should do their homework on the potential contractor or company.  They should also do their homework about the project they are about to have done so they are knowledgeable to the point of understanding the contractors and what they are talking about. And finally the most importantly is always getting 3 different quotes.

Having your house remodeled is one of the most intimate relationships that you will have with any outside business – more than your doctor. A large renovation and addition can last months with hundreds of emails and meetings. Your whole family will get to know all the workers and project managers as they will be in an out of your home everyday, sometimes on weekend to keep things on schedule. There are countless design decisions and change orders that most always cost more money that add stress onto more stress.

Education and a good contracting company can make a world of difference in creating your dream home.

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