Advice on finding, hiring a remodeler
Doing your homework will help you have a more successful remodeling experience. Use this checklist to help you select a home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home:
• Contact the Building Industry Association of Hawaii for the names of member builders and remodelers: firstname.lastname@example.org. or go to www.biahawaii.org. You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
• Make sure the builder or remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
• Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
• Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org. or the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs: http://cca.hawaii.gov/resources.
• Make sure the builder has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
• Ask the builder to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
• Ask if you can see the builders work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials and cleanliness of job site.
• Make sure the builder provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
For more information contact me at email@example.com.
Karen Nakamura is CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.