How To Choose The Right Trade Professional

ProSource | 9/5/2015 | Expert Advice

Finding the right professional to help you with your remodeling project is not an easy task. Where to begin? The online world makes it easy to find just about anything you’re looking for these days. But while that might be a great place to start, it shouldn’t be your end point for choosing the right trade pro.

Fortunately, your local ProSource Showroom can provide you with a list of professional trade pro members for whatever remodeling project you have in mind.

The majority of ProSource trade pros are long-time members and all have built a solid reputation of trust among homeowners. ProSource can offer you a list, but your first step is to determine what type of trade pro you need.

If you’re interested in building an addition to your home, you’ll want to look for a builder. If you’re thinking about a complete kitchen or bath remodel, or turning an attic space into a mother-in-law suite, for example, you might consider a list of remodelers.

Perhaps you’re interested in redesigning the look and feel of your existing space, but aren’t sure where to start or what the latest trends in colors are. In this case, you may want to seek the help of an interior designer.

Flooring installers and cabinet installers will handle everything from ordering the right materials to ensuring everything gets installed to your exact specifications.

Painters and other trade pros can also be found through ProSource. Our trade pro members have 24/7 access to our showrooms, so you can shop when it’s convenient for you.

Once you have a list of the appropriate trade pros in hand, there are a few things you’ll need to do before making your final selection.

Trade pros take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training. Be sure to check online reviews to get a complete picture of their relationship with clients and peers.

Once you’ve got a good list of reputable trade pros, make a phone call or send an e-mail to each. Narrow your choices down to the top three and then set up face-to-face interviews. Ask about their background and training, and be sure they give you an opportunity to view a portfolio of their recent work.

Review their process, go over your budget, check references, and ask for insurance information and certifications. Before you pull the trigger and hire a trade pro, check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure they have no complaints on record.

A little legwork and some research make all the difference when it comes to choosing the right trade pro to help make your dream room come to life.

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