Part 1 in a series: "Ask the right questions to get the right remodeler!
The THREE THINGS TO TYPE: It's easy! Go to Google, and type this, all on one line:
THING #1: Type "remodeler" or "remodeling". No quotes. Then one space.
THING #2: Type project area, like "kitchen" or "bathroom" or "painting" or "deck" or "garage" or whatever your project is. No quotes. Then one space.
THING #3: Type your zip code to eliminate far-away companies.
Then, just hit "enter". You'll see a list of local companies.
Next, skip the ads (the first few say “ad” in a box), then look at the results below the ads. Follow these simple steps. Ready? Here's what to look for:
A. Their WEB SITE: How ‘deep’ is it? Small remodelers have a home page and a few other pages, but no “depth”. Who owns the company? Do they have a blog? Photo galleries of their work?
B. Their BUSINESS: How long have they been around? Experienced remodelers have many years behind them. Someone new lacks the training and background to serve you well, and to work with you within your budget.
C. Their REPUTATION: What do others think of them? Google 3rd party companies like BBB, Angie’s List, Houzz, enter the company name and look for “reviews”. See what others say about their work.
TIP: Even Google itself has reviews about us, and companies like us.
For example, to see some reviews for HandyWorks that others have placed on Google, click here.
Congratulations! These ABCs are an important first step in narrowing down your choices & saving tons of time. Remember, when you start contacting companies, you’ll want to only talk with experienced remodelers who want to work within your budget.
But…what do you ask them? Well, that’s when ‘drilling deeper’ knowledge comes in handy.
Drilling deeper: In Part 2 of this blog, we give you actual scripts to use, when you contact the remodelers on the list you've just created.
We'll show you exactly what to ask..it's easy! To read Part 2, click here.
Have a great week!
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