6 Things to Look for When Selecting a Building Partner
Every stage in life brings change. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to change where you live. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering adapting your home to be livable for a lifetime.
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist – CAPS
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) has been trained in:
The unique needs of the older adult population
Aging-in-place home modifications
Common remodeling projects
Solutions to common barriers
This program was developed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and AARP to train professionals in helping seniors & older adults live in their homes safely as they age. Remodeling with a CAPS professional, utilizing universal design will increase the value of your home and create usability for generations to come.
Search the Directory of Professional Remodelers to locate a CAPS Professional.
Member of a recognized association such as NAHB
Building professionals that are a part of these types of recognized associations have a greater awareness of industry trends and best practices, which ensures your remodel will be relevant to your needs and professionaly finished.
Strong work history and experience in building industry
Building professionals with a strong work history will have an established network of trusted subcontractors and suppliers in the area, as well as a local reputation to uphold.
Holds current general contractor’s license
States require licensing for building professionals to ensure practitioners are competent and ethical. This protects you, the property owners, from incompetent and dishonest contractors. There are different licenses required for different aspects of construction projects, so you want to make sure the building professional you are working with has a general contractor’s license appropriate to the work being done.
Maintains appropriate insurance coverage
Ask your contractor to see their certificates of liability and workers compensation insurance and make sure their policies are current. Liability insurance covers contractor-caused damage to your property and protects you against lawsuits. Workers compensation insurance provides payment to injured workers for lost wages and medical services regardless of fault. This will protect you against claims made on your homeowner’s insurance from any injuries that might be sustained by workers on the job site.
Offers a warranty of work
Not all building professionals will offer guarantees in their contracts, so you want to make sure your contractor offers one. This warranty should ensure that the work is performed in a good and workmanlike manner, that materials will be new and of good quality, and that the work will conform to the requirements of the contract documents.