If you’re like most homeowners, you probably spend hours reading reviews and viewing the photographs in contractor portfolios before you choose a remodeler. After all, the more information you can find, the more comfortable you’ll feel about selecting a particular Pittsburgh contractor. Although often overlooked, awards can also provide valuable information about a remodeling company.
What Awards Tell You About a Remodeler
Care About Quality:
Shoddy work doesn’t win awards. Whether you’re competing for an Emmy or trying to win a remodeling competition, you’ll need to produce impressive results to wow the judges. Companies that win awards don’t rush through the design or construction process. Their work is highly skilled and demonstrates intricate knowledge of building processes. Award winning projects are well-designed, showcase expert craftsmanship, and use high-quality materials, products and finishes to deliver impressive results.
Are Recognized by Their Peers:
Building and remodeling award competitions are judged by experts who have considerable experience in the field. They won’t be fooled by a renovation that looks attractive but cuts corners or uses inferior skills or craftsmanship. An award is proof that the company has exceptional skills and ingenuity.
Have Well-Deserved Reputations:
Remodelers aren’t going to tell you that they use cheap building supplies or hire sub-contractors with limited experience. In fact, during the initial call or meeting, most remodelers will spend plenty of time explaining why their approach is superior. When the company has won awards, you’ll know that they can actually deliver the results they promise.
Are an Integral Part of Their Community:
Although winning a national award is certainly a huge accomplishment, local and regional awards are just as important. Companies that win these awards understand their customers’ wants and needs and keep up with local trends. Building, remodeling and design honors aren’t the only awards you’ll want to consider when evaluating remodelers. Businesses that are active members of the community often win awards from local groups, like the local Rotary Club or Boy Scouts. If the company is active in the community, they’ve probably developed strong relationships with the municipal employees who issue permits, inspect projects and authorize zoning changes.
Awards can also provide a little more detail about the company’s work, projects and processes. Award presentations often include floor plans, before and after photographs, project cost, information about project goals, and products and finishes used in the project.
Since companies usually submit their most innovative or complicated projects to competitions, viewing the presentations can give you a good idea of the company’s expertise, ingenuity and ability to turn their customers’ dreams into reality.
Have you been thinking about renovating your kitchen or turning your first floor into an open concept floor plan? Award-winning Master Remodelers has been helping Pittsburghers renovate their homes for more than 30 years, creating luxurious master bedroom suites, spacious gourmet kitchens, expansive game rooms, additions and other custom projects. If you’re interested in remodeling your home, contact us for information about our design/build process.
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