A remodeling contractor is in a good position to take advantage of any kind of economic climate. Homeowners remodel when they have extra resources and remodel instead of moving when they want to save resources. A remodeling contractor works with architects and designers to provide the construction, demolition and building for pre-existing residences. They hire subcontractors experienced in various fields, such as painters, drywall experts, electricians and plumbers. A remodeling contractor provides oversight for the entire project.
Apply for a contractor's license in your state. Go to the Contractor's License Reference Site (see Resources below) for a list of individual state licensing requirements, fees and contact numbers. In most states, a license is required to perform electrical, plumbing, heating and fire sprinkler work, which is integral to most remodeling jobs.
Receive training and professional designations from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Various certifications include Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Remodeler Associate (CRA) or Certified Green Professional (GCP). Training programs are delivered online and include courses on universal design, energy efficiency and proper recycling of used materials.
Obtain general liability insurance coverage from a company that is experienced dealing with remodeling companies, such as Contractor's Policy.com. They can walk you through the process and advise you of the level of coverage you should carry for the types of jobs you perform. Get riders for additional coverage when you take on bigger jobs.
Join the National Association of Homebuilders to give clients a way to check on your credentials. Through the local state chapter, customers can call and receive a referral from the organization testifying to your quality of work and your experience on specific kinds of remodeling jobs.
Continue gathering training through seminars and association events to add to your knowledge and keep up with new technologies shaping the remodeling industry. Remodeling.com offers information on courses and conventions that provide training in subjects such as green practices, insurance restoration services, leadership strategies, new technology products and fix-and-flip opportunities.
Most states require license applicants to take a written exam covering construction law and consumer rights and to demonstrate experience and proven abilities in remodeling either through professional training or on the job experience.
While some states do not require a contractor's license for jobs under $20,000 or $30,000, an unlicensed contractor cannot be sure of collecting unpaid debts.