[Part 1 in a series: "Ask the right questions to get the right remodeler!]
To find a remodeler in your area, go to Google and type these three things:
THING #1: In Google, type remodeler or remodeling. Then one space (this shows Google what you're looking for in general).
THING #2: On the same line in Google, type project type, like kitchen or bathroom or painting or deck or garage or whatever your project is. Then one space (this narrows your search to just the project you need).
THING #3: On the same line in Google, type your zip code (this eliminates 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 companies listed 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, even Google itself, just enter the company name and look for “reviews”. See what others say about that company's work.
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: See Part 2 of this blog for THE ACTUAL WORDS to speak, 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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