The button below is the Tallahassee Builders Association Membership Directory… You will find certified general contractors; builders and remodelers that have quality reputations and outstanding service.
The question consumers most frequently ask the Tallahassee Builders Association (TBA) is how do I select a qualified builder or remodeler. (Of course, the next question is how much is my new home or remodeling project going to cost… but we’ll leave that one for another day.)
To help you select a professional who can meet your building or remodeling needs, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has developed the following checklist:
- Contact your local home builders association (in Tallahassee, go to www.tallyba.com or call 385-1414) for the names of member builders and remodelers. TBA also has a list of builders who have earned the Construction Industry Professional (CIP) designation (see box at right), which means they have met high standards of experience, education and customer service. Of course, you can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
- Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
- Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
- Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with our local Better Business Bureau: www.bbb.org.
- Make sure the builder/remodeler has appropriate workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
- Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
- Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
- Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
- Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.
- Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!
On behalf of the Tallahassee Builders Association, we hope these tips will prove helpful to you.
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