VMD_Reidy_Angle7WEBIn Residential Remodeling, one of the most important factors ensuring the success of a project is finding the right fit. Most of the time, this comes down to experience, reputation, company structure, and personality. There are many different contractors to choose from, all with different attributes that could positively or negatively affect the outcome of a project. No matter who you choose, always check a contractor’s credentials through license and insurance certificates, references, and third party customer review sites like Angie’s List and the BBB. Also, ask about a contractor’s structure and process.
Do they have their own employees or do they hire all subcontractors?
This is a major factor directly impacting the quality, service, and price of a particular project. A re-modeler with all subcontractors may bring the price down, but also increases the risk of compromising the overall quality and consistency of the work and the reliability of those performing the work.
Also, one of the more underrated factors in hiring a remodeling professional is personality. Is this someone who makes you feel comfortable, with whom you can effectively communicate and trust?
Remodeling is very personal, so trust and communication is key. If you’re looking for an “apples to apples” comparison, start with our remodeling checklist below:

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Company B: __________ Company C: __________
Licensed: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Worker’s Comp. Insurance: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
General Liability Insurance: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
North Carolina’s FIRST Father/Son Certified Remodelers (CR): Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Charlotte’s FIRST Master Certified Remodeler (MCR): Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR): Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Universal Design/Aging In Place and Green Remodeling Certified (UDCP, CGP): Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Extensive list of Customer Reviews on Angie’s List and Houzz: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
A+ BBB Rating: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
NARI Member: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
NAHB Member: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
NKBA Member: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Website/Portfolio: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Unsolicited References: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
15+ Years in Business: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Award Winning Projects (50+): Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Design/Build: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Collaborative Design: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Detailed Production Schedule: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50: Yes Yes / No Yes / No
Guildmaster Award Winner: Yes Yes / No Yes / No