When it’s time to remodel, it is important to search for a professional remodeler with good credentials. Depending on the type of contractor you are looking for, that may mean being members of industry trade organizations, having various certifications that demonstrate their expertise and any required licenses and insurances.
It’s best to work with a company that has an established business. Many trade associations award professional credentials, which is a positive indicator of a remodeler’s reputation.
There are several trade organizations in the building and remodeling industry. On the national level the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) represents more than 140,000 members. About one-third are home builders and remodelers. Founded in the early 1940s, NAHB has served as the voice of America’s housing industry.
In Texas, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) founded in 1946, is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders and has 27 local associations and almost 11,000 builder, remodeler, developer and associate members across the state. The Texas Association of Builders is dedicated to creating a positive business environment for the housing industry by addressing the housing issues of the people of Texas.
Locally, the Greater Houston Builder’s Association (GHBA) has approximately 1,700 member companies, is the fourth largest builders’ association in the country and the largest in Texas. The GHBA and its affiliated local Remodelers Council helps 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.
Members of these organizations are expected to uphold the standards of practice, provide excellent customer service, to make continuing education a priority and keep informed about state and local building codes, ordinances and environmental regulations.
The Better Business Bureau is another valuable resource to find a business you can trust. For over 100 years, it is a place where you can find verified, unbiased information. You can check companies’ ratings as well as reviews and complaints that may have been filed against the contractor.
Take some time to do your homework to find a skilled and ethical contractor for your home improvement project. Thoroughly checking credentials when hiring a professional remodeler will better ensure that your home remodeling project will be completed successfully.
This article was written by Stacy Argo and was published in the Houston Chronicle on Sept 8th, 2019.