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   Step 4: HIRe tHe RIgHt team
Choosing the right professional is an important decision for your project's success. To help ensure
you find the right company for the job, do your research. Referrals from friends and family are one way to find a remodeler. Visit ALASKA HOME’s Resource Directory for a list of high-quality pros (alaskahomemag.com/_pages/resources). For a little extra peace of mind, consider hiring a member of your local home builders association or kitchen and bath association. Members of these associations have a great advantage over nonmembers – and that's a plus for consumers. One of the greatest benefits to consumers? It's the educational edge these builders, designers and remodelers gain from their membership. (See sidebar for resources.)
Step 5: eStaBlISH a WRItten agReement
Most companies insist on a contract to protect their own interests, but if they don’t, you should. In addition to defining the scope of work and budget, a contract ensures all parties are on the same page with expectations about factors like timing, liability in the event of an accident and other practical matters. Contractors also often provide guarantees of workmanship, so find out what they cover for how long and include this information in your work agreement.
LOCAL RESOURCES
HIRING A BUILDER OR REMODELER? Visit your local home builders association website to search for a member in your area.
• Anchorage Home Builders Association (ahba.net)
• Mat-Su Homebuilders Association (matsuhomebuilders.com)
• Interior Alaska Building Association (interioralaskabuilders.com)
• Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (kenaipeninsulabuilders.com)
• Southern Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association (sealaskabuilders.com)
• Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association (seabia.com)
• Alaska State Building Association (buildersofalaska.com)
These associations produce shows and events that greatly benefit consumers, including annual home shows, preview of homes, and parade of homes. All contractor members are licensed by the state of Alaska. Members gain continuing education through meetings and classes, as well as certifications for various specialties within the home building and remodeling industries. The associations are politically active in lobbying at a local and national level in building and construction industry related issues.
HIRING A PROFESSIONAL TO REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM? Visit the
Alaska Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association at nkbaalaska.org to search for
a member in your area. NKBA certification means that a designer has a certain amount of experience in the kitchen and bath industries and is also required to know kitchen and bath trends, clearances, codes, best practices,
and has passed a rigorous national exam.
All certified professionals must keep up with changes in the industry through continuing education programs, such as those offered at the annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show
& Conference.
 Step 6: undeRStand tHe plan
Keep the lines of communication open between you, the remodeling contractor and the work crew. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let them know your family’s schedule and circumstances that may affect their work, such as pets. Make sure to specify the best way to reach you and how often you wish to communicate about your project.
Step 7: Complete tHe pRojeCt
When the remodel is almost finished, walk through the area and note any adjustments that need made while the contractor is still on site. You should also take another look at the contract and confirm you have signed permits, receipts, change orders, lien waivers, warranties and manufacturers’ guides at your disposal.
Source: National Association of the Remodeling Industry, nari.org
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