Whether you want a custom closet design to bring order to your wardrobe, a sophisticated pantry shelving system to reduce grocery expenses and waste, or a remodeled garage with space for more than just storage, you will need to hire a professional contractor to complete the project design and installation. These remodeling projects are difficult to do on your own, and many homeowners find DIY projects to be a nightmare. However, it can be difficult to select a home improvement contractor by simply flipping through the phone book. Here are some helpful tips from Organizers Direct to help you locate trustworthy custom organization system installers in your area.
Do Online Research
The first place many homeowners turn when looking for a product or service is the internet. There are many websites dedicated to reviewing home improvement companies, including Houzz, Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor. In addition, your local Better Business Bureau offers free business reports that reveal the background, consumer experience, licensing, and other information for each registered business. Yelp and Google can also be excellent references for the savvy shopper. All of these websites offer the opportunity for customers to share their experiences with the company.
Review Previous Work
To get the best idea of what a contractor offers, look no further than their portfolio of completed projects. If their work looks like something you can imagine in your home, contact the company for an in-home consultation. After evaluating the space you are remodeling, the contractor should provide a 3D design of the project, not a simple 2D sketch.
Compare Cost and Quality
It can be difficult to compare pricing when it seems as if every custom closet and garage installer is offering a special discount. However, the best way to effectively evaluate the price of a custom closet is really based on the design. Here are three tips from one of our dealers, Arizona Garage and Closet Design, to help you evaluate whether you are getting a good deal on your custom closet or garage design.
- Make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Count the number of shelves, the number of drawers and accessories. Are the drawers using ¾ extension or full extension drawer slides? Check out the color and material finish. All these things can contribute a difference in price.
- Does the design work for you? Did the designer address all of your specific needs and concerns? Did they do the design in front of you with your input? Were you able to see a 3D rendering of the design?
- If price is an issue, ask the designer if there is a less expensive color or style, or perhaps eliminate some accessories. Don’t sacrifice design or quality to save a few dollars.
If you are looking for a custom home organization solution, use our Locate a Dealer tool. We have more than 250 dealers in the U.S., Canada and the Cayman Islands. Get a free in-home estimate and see why so many homeowners choose our dealers for their home organization projects.