Contractor Checklist From NARI

Be sure to look for and be satisfied with these items before signing a contract with a contractor.

  • Was the Contractor/Salesperson on time?
  • Was their appearance neat and professional?
  • Was their vehicle presentable?
  • Did they listen to your ideas, and ask questions?
  • Did they suggest options / alternatives / ideas?
  • Do they have insurance? (Liability & Workman’s comp.)
  • How many years have they been in business?
  • Are they members in any trade or other organizations?
  • Are they certified? (If applicable)
  • Do they have a website for more information?
  • Do you feel comfortable with them?

Download NARI’s PDF version of this checklist here.

Original kitchen before remodel, by Strite Design Strite Design in North End Boise, Idaho

’50s Show Home

Our home was built in 1956, we bought it from the original owners in 1997.  As this was our first home, we mentioned to the son that if you ever find any old pictures, we would be interested in making copies.  About four years after we purchased our home, a package arrived at our door from the son, who is now in his 50’s. Both of his parents had recently passed, and he and his sister decided that these documents should stay with the home.  We were quite amazed with what we found.

Apparently his Mom fell in love with a home featured in the January 1955 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine, and ordered the layout for .25 cents (as stated in the magazine).  We had received the original 3 page clipping from the magazine in the package, the one page plans that she had ordered, along with a construction budget and closing docs.  Also included was a letter from a relative (or friend) in Maryland with six little 2″ square black and white photos of the home over a period of several days during construction, the pictures were all hand labeled on the back dated March 1956. This was gold to us.

A Letter From Guild Quality

Dear STRITE design + remodel,

Guild Quality’s mission is to elevate the stature of our profession to a level commensurate with its importance. We’re working toward that goal in two major ways: First, our surveying and reporting helps our members deliver an exceptional customer experience. Second, we expend a great deal of energy in celebrating superlative performance within our membership. We do that via our member directory, with the member news in our blog, and, once a year, we do that with the Guildmaster Awards.

Over the last four months, we have reviewed more than 14,000 surveys received on behalf of the 2010 Guildmaster Award applicants. Based on our review of your company’s feedback, I am pleased to inform you that STRITE design + remodel has earned recognition as a 2010 Guildmaster With Highest Distinction!

Bob Mundy, Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

We hit a sewer line – no worries, all fixed up with absolutely no inconvenience to the home owners. Watch Bob Mundy, our production coordinator, explain what happened: