What is NARI?
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!
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?