What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel? NARI provides the answers.

The goal of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Northeast Ohio Chapter is to help homeowners find the right professional partner to do their remodeling. Whether it is updating a kitchen to make it more efficient, turning an ordinary bathroom into a haven of rest and relaxation, or adding a room to meet the needs of a growing family, NARI wants each homeowner to get the maximum value or enjoyment for the dollars they invest in their remodeling.

RESEARCH YOUR PROJECT.

Taking time to research projects will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options.

PLAN PROJECT AROUND THE LONG-TERM.

How long do you plan to stay in your home? How will your family structure change over time? These questions should be answered early to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.

SET YOUR BUDGET.

Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances are essential. Don’t be afraid to share this with your remodeler; professionals are respectful of a client’s budget and will create a plan around it, not over it.

USE ADVANCED SEARCH FOR PROFESSIONALS.

The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, membershps in trade associations and additional training.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

Time and cost are important, but getting the right information requires the right questions. Ask about educational background, training specialties and how the remodeling process will work.

VERIFY YOUR REMODELER.

Don’t take their word for it. Check the information given such as references, insurance information and certifications. Make it known that you are checking on him a true professional considers that as a positive sign to working with a homeowner.

REVIEW CONTRACTS WORD-BY-WORD.

A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Professional remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract. Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities.

KEEP DESIGN IN MIND.

Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use websites such as Pinterest.com and Houzz.com to get design ideas.

MAKE YOUR SELECTIONS.

Deciding on products and materials is a large process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality function, price, style and availability. Include selections in the contract to lock down pricing and keep your budget intact.

CREATE A COMMUNICATION PLAN.

A common downfall in remodeling is lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers. Your remodeler should lay out a communication plan at the begininig of the project. If not, ask them to. This plan should clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability, and frequency of communication expected.

NARI membership means that a professional is a full-time, dedicated remodeling professional. NARI membership offers this assurance through an extensive screening process and requirement of its members to follow a strict Code of Ethics.

Homeowners can be assured that any time they hire a NARI member; they are hiring an individual who has made a strong commitment to the professionalism of the remodeling industry and to his or her business.

NARI of North East Ohio