Welcome to NARI of Minnesota
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is a nonprofit trade association representing the largest network of professional remodelers in the United States, with over 6000 members nationwide and 51 local chapters.
As the only national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry, NARI brings together leading trade professionals from all over the country. NARI promotes ethical and sound business practices for the benefit of America's homeowners as well as for the industry.
NARI was founded in March of 1983 with the merger of the National Remodelers Association (NSA) and the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).
To be the primary remodeling resource for professionals and consumers alike by elevating the professionalism of the remodeling industry through expanding knowledge, building relationships and recognition of industry excellence.
When choosing a remodeler, use the following tips and questions!
Tips when choosing a Remodeler -
Things to Do
- Call the Minnesota Department of Commerce (651) 296-4026 to verify that the remodeler is licensed by the State of Minnesota. The license number should appear on all printed material supplied by the contractor.
- Find out whether the remodeler is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau, and whether he or she is a member of NARI or another builders association.
- Request a list of recently completed projects. Make sure the remodeler provides you with a diverse portfolio, and doesn't merely specialize in one or two areas of remodeling. The remodeler should include at least two projects for consideration that are similar to your own.
- Take the time to interview potential remodelers rather than simply soliciting bids. The interview process will allow you to determine whether you and the remodeler communicate well, whether his or her bid reflects your needs and expectations, and whether the remodeler is an individual you will feel comfortable having in and around your home.
Reference Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Contractor
To protect yourself, always check the contractor's references. This is an essential stage of qualifying the right person for your project. Here are just a few questions to ask previous customers:
- Could they communicate well with the remodeler?
- Were they pleased with the quality of work? (This is a tough question, however, since everyone defines "quality" differently. It is much better to ask to see the completed project to determine the level of quality for yourself.)
- Were they satisfied with the remodeler's business practices?
- Did the crew show up on time?
- Was the job completed on schedule?
- Did the remodeler fulfill his or her contract?
- Did the contractor stay in touch throughout the project?
- Were the final details finished in a timely manner?
- Would you use the remodeler again without hesitation?
- Was the job site kept clean during the project?
- Was the remodeler professional, ethical, honest and fair throughout the process?
- Did the remodeler manage the overall project and process in such a way to ensure your satisfaction?
- Did any issues arise during the project? How did the remodeler handle them?
Choosing Your Team
A design-build firm offers quality design and construction services within the same general contracting company. Because a design build contractor understands job costs as well as design concepts, the entire process is engineered to fit your budget and vision right from the very beginning.
Many home improvements do not require professional design services. Projects like porch construction, roofing, siding, and window replacement can be handled successfully by an experienced professional contractor with an intimate knowledge of materials and methods.
Major remodeling projects require construction drawings for defining a contract and procuring permits. In cases where your professional remodeler does not provide design services, you may wish to seek the assistance of a professional architect, preferably one with extensive remodeling experience.
Interior design consultants are trained to deal with more than the furnishings and finishes that go into a space and make it look wonderful. They help you to see the big picture (form and function) as well as balance your aspirations, functional needs and budget. This approach is based on listening, understanding and ultimately creating a space that exceeds your expectations.