Picking a Remodeler

It’s time for you to remodel. You’ve gathered your ideas and written down what you want  in your new room. Now it’s time to implement.

At this point, most people decide whether or not to hire a contract remodeler. If you are new to remodeling or redoing a kitchen or bath, this may be the best choice. Messing up  electrical wiring around water or violating building codes can be costly or even deadly.

When looking for a remodeling contractor, make sure they are certified with either the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) or with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). These two reputable organizations make sure the industry certifications are give only to those who are knowledgable, reputable, and trustworthy.

Here are a few of the certifications to look for:

Certified Remodeler (CR) 

This certification is through NARI and requires the holder to have worked in the industry for at least 5 consecutive years. The contractor then must apply and pass certification exams.

Master Certified Remodeler (MCR)

This certification is also through NARI and is a step above CR. The contractor must have held his or her CR title for at least 10 consecutive years while also holding another specialized NARI certification.

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

CGR is managed by the NAHB and requires 5 consecutive years in the remodeling business. This certification places an emphasis on business management skills and related courses and tests.

Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR)

This is a step above the CGR and is also managed by the NAHB. It requires 15 consecutive years in remodeling with an active CGR certification for at least 9 years and the completion of additional courses and tests.



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