Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Western Mass (HBAWM)Address: 240 Cadwell Drive,
Town: Springfield, MA 01104
Telephone: (413) 733-3126
Web site: http://www.hbrawm.com/cms/
We are a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the building and remodeling industry and the suppliers of products fo the trades. Our mission is to promote the housing industry and member success through networking, community service, public policy and social and educational opportunities.
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Selecting a Reputable Builder/Remodeler:
If you are planning to build or remodel your existing home, finding the best contractor can be exceedingly intimidating if you are not sure of how to proceed. The key to ensuring a successful project is to be completely educated about how to select a professional builder or remodeler.
Consumers should choose a contractor in the same manner that they would choose any professional. Look for expert skills, experience, rapport and the recommendations of previous customers. Talk to family, friends and neighbors who have had remodeling work done for them. Check with your newspaper's real estate editor or librarian for local recipients of remodeling awards and call your local Home Builders Association for referrals.
After you have located a few contractors that seem well suited for your job, interview them in depth and investigate their credentials and their professional reputation. Call the local Better Business Bureau and your local government's Consumer Affairs Office to see if they have any information, such as outstanding complaints, about the contractors you are considering. (See page *** for a listing of these agencies). Check the contractor's references to see if past customers were satisfied. Ask about reliability, quality level, problem-solving ability, promptness and if possible, look at some of their finished homes or projects.