5 Signs you Should Hire a Contractor

With all of the home improvement DIY networks and Pinterest How-to’s, it’s sometimes easy to think you can tackle just about any renovation project on your own. While it may be tempting to take on a major home improvement project to save money, it’s not always wise to do it alone.

Here are five signs that you’ll likely need remodeling help from a professional:

  1. You’d like to remove that dated popcorn ceiling

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1950’s and 60’s as a form of acoustic treatment. In 1978, this method was banned because the treatment contained asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma (a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs). Despite the health risks, the government allowed builders to use up their on-hand materials after the ban was instilled. For that reason, popcorn ceilings installed post-1978 may still contain the carcinogenic material.


Scrape Your Popcorn Ceiling

That’s why you should not try to remove popcorn ceiling yourself! Contact a contractor who can connect you with a properly certified asbestos abatement company that can safely dismantle the ceiling and remove it from your home (without risking your family’s health)!

  1. You plan on taking down walls

Open floor plans are increasingly sought after among homeowners, but no demolition should ever be done without the proper tools and safety precautions! You must be 100% certain of the location of all load-bearing walls in the home. Even if the wall you want to remove isn’t load-bearing, you never know what lies behind a wall. There could be wiring, plumbing –or both, and you don’t want to risk hitting those things with a sledgehammer! The best course of action when taking down walls is to work with a professional remodeler.


Wall Demolition


  1. You’ll be dealing with electricity

    An accident with electrical wiring can cause fire, serious bodily injury, or even death. Always work with a professional when it comes to the electricity in your home.

DIY Electrical Work


  1. There is plumbing work involved

Messing around with plumbing when you don’t know what you’re doing can cause major issues in your home! You should not attempt to move or update plumbing on your own. Mistakes can lead to anything from a leaky faucet to damaged or burst pipes and severe water damage, which can lead to a whole separate set of problems, such as mold or rot. What a headache!


DIY Plumbing Work


  1. As much as you’d like to think so, you’re not a professional contractor

Professional contractors can DIY a home remodel, but homeowners who only dabble in occasional projects should step aside and leave the project to a professional.

Building may seem simple if you watch home improvement shows, but the truth is they are extremely complicated and require professional knowledge and experience. Unfortunately, just because you’ve tackled a few small DIY projects over the years doesn’t mean that you are able to take on an entire remodeling project.

DIY gone wrong!


Just remember, the cost of a single DIY mistake can be extremely high. If you attempt to take on the project yourself, you’re likely to make a costly mistake. In order to end up with the remodel of your dreams, it is best to work with professionals and keep yourself, your family, and your home safe throughout the process! Check out NARI/CT  to find a #professionalremodeler near you that is a #dedicatedprofessional who will help make your #dreamscometrue.

Benefits of Membership



REASON #1 INCREASE BUSINESS First and foremost, we’re always looking for ways to help our members to make better connections, get more business and increase their income. Whether a remodel-ready homeowner begins their search at the national level or the local level, your company name is accessible to our collective 32,000 monthly visitors.

Besides getting free lead generation you can further enhance your online presence with a free webpage attached to the (national) NARI.org site. This is an example of one of our members who added descriptive text and photos to his free NARI listing. Here are step by step instructions to create your own page.

REASON #2 GAIN A MARKETING EDGE USING NARI TOOLS  NARI National also offers tips on maximizing social media options such as LinkdIn, Youtube and Twitter. It provides an arsenal of tools- from photos to articles on home improvement- for you to use on your website, blog or twitter feed. Press releases keep your name in front of local reporters. PowerPoints can be used to share your expertise with a local group; we want our members to viewed as experts in their field  by the consumer community. You also get to display the trade association logo to indicate to homeowners that you are a professional contractor. Consumers view the NARI logo as the mark of a professional and homeowners do take notice.


REASON #3 PROVIDE TRAINING TO YOUR MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES  NARI provides to its members education and certifications in many different levels of remodeling; from Certified Remodeling Contractor to Green Training to Certified Project Manager.  NARI’s schedule doesn’t work for you? Watch one of the many informative webinars on your schedule. Taking advantage of specific training and education opportunities will improve your company’s profitability and efficiency.


REASON #4 PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS RIGHTS NARI is on Capitol Hill and in Hartford to advance and protect the interest of small businesses and the remodeling industry. Through NARI’s respected vigilant lobbying presence, the association has demonstrated lobbying success that is protecting your business from having to operate in a climate filled with onerous regulations and legislation.


REASON #5 STRENGTHEN YOUR BUSINESS PROCESSES TO INCREASE PROFITS We search out and share with you the best tools and tips provided by professional remodelers and recognized industry experts


REASON #6 DISCOUNTS/REBATES NARI offers significant money saving programs to its members. Savings4members offers members 25+ deeply discounted business service programs (e.g. payroll, wireless services, office supplies). In addition, members  are eligible to enroll in The Home Depot rebate program, get discounts on select Ram, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles and receive 50 free consumer surveys from GuildQuality. The aggregate value can easily exceed the cost of membership.


LOCAL BENEFITS Additionally there are benefits specific to our local chapter: The State of Connecticut recommends the members of our trade association to homeowners looking for a professional home improvement contractor.  The CT Department of Consumer Protection directs homeowners to hire remodeling contractors that belong to our trade association as a way to make sure they get home improvement contractors that are professional. In addition, they have our trade association listed under “Useful Links for Consumers” as well as United Way of CT – 211.


We further promote members by displaying their work on our local Facebook page regularly. Please encourage your friends to LIKE US on Facebook. We also have a feature on our website highlighting a different member each month. In addition, we have our own Pinterest board and Houzz ideabook for photos of members’ work. We use these channels, as well as our own Twitter feed, to promote home improvement ideas then encourage homeowners to use our site to find a professional contractor to help make their dream come true.


Lastly, we offer monthly member meetings. These are dinner meetings where contractors network with others in the industry and learn more about growing their business, building codes, techniques, and much more. Our meetings are held in Stratford at Ring’s End Educational Center and at J. Timothy’s Taverne in Plainville.

NOW is the time for YOU to become a part of a recognized professional community.  Be a part of a group of elite professional and support the remodeling community.  NARI members subscribe to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and are committed to excellence and integrity.


JOIN/RENEW  All in all, this is an exceptional value, and we have been able to keep our membership fees at $450 a year ($375 for new members only during the month of April 2016).  We do, however, give contractors the opportunity to make 4 separate payments in 4 consecutive months by charge card. ($117.50 / month) ($98.75/month for new members joining in April 2016)  Please note that membership is by the company.  Once a company joins, all employees enjoy the benefits of membership.  If you would like to join, please fill out this application and send it with payment or payment information to RCA/ NARICT, 1 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, CT 06716
Be sure to visit the website of the National Association of Remodeling Industry and the CT Chapter for more information.  Or, please feel free to contact us at info@narict.org