Find a professional to help with home improvement needs

Des Plaines, Ill.—It’s that time of year again: summer, a time for fresh ideas, new beginnings, and home remodeling.

The season marks the time when homeowners across the country seek remodeling contractors who can turn their dream home into a reality through the process of remodeling.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) offers homeowners the following advice when planning a remodel:

Don’t wait. Finding the right design, choosing a professional contractor, and securing the necessary financing for a home improvement project can sometimes take months, so NARI suggests homeowners who want to start a project start planning now. Demands for home improvements are still on the rise, leaving quality contractors booked far in advance.

Think your project through from start to finish. Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space—all for a lot less than the cost of a new home.

Look over your property carefully. What repairs are needed? What improvements would you like to make? Think ahead, and determine your future needs. Professional remodeling contractors can help you in your planning by outlining options and discussing the improvements you can make within your budget.

Be sure to review your homeowner’s insurance policy and make adjustments for the added value of the work being done.

Most homeowners can handle routine maintenance projects and cosmetic touchups, but it’s recommended they consult with qualified professionals for larger remodeling jobs and major changes to the home’s structure.

NARI members represent a select group from the approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the U.S. identifying themselves as professional remodelers.

NARI is a professional association whose members voluntarily subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Consumers may wish to search to find a qualified professional who is a member of NARI. Consumers can also call the NARI national hotline at 800-611-NARI and request a free copy of NARI’s brochure.

from the July 18-24, 2007, issue

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