3 Major Things to Look For in a Home Remodeling Contractor

Home improvement projects can vary from small DIY projects and home repairs to expansive home renovations and room additions that have the ability to change the structure and style of your entire home. If you’re planning a project beyond the scope of what a handyman would perform, it’s time to find the right general contractor for your home remodeling project.

As home renovation project professionals, your home renovation contractors will be tasked with managing all necessary elements of your project – from permits and inspections to interior design, labor, materials, and more. With so many companies in the marketplace, how can homeowners determine which team – and their specific approach to home remodeling services – will be the right fit?

Below are some important elements to look for when interviewing a remodeling company. These basics apply to every remodeling job, whether you’re planning a master bathroom renovation to finally get that soaking tub you’ve always dreamed of, a full basement remodeling project to create space for the entire family, or a blowout kitchen remodel with new countertops, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, and more. Ensure your return on investment is fully optimized by reviewing these three major things to look for in an ideal home remodeling contractor:

1. Timely & Open Communication

Before you ask for recommendations or begin searching for the perfect remodeling partner, define your goals, vision and investment level for the project. As the homeowner, your desires will drive the process. Detail your personal style preferences and the vision for your remodeled spaces. Are you wanting your remodeled spaces finished for an important event? What type of remodeling company do you want to work with to bring your vision to life? Initially, you’ll be looking for a remodeling company who listens to your goals and understands the best home outcomes based only on your wants and needs.

At Liston Design Build, we begin each project with a comprehensive discovery phase that ensures we’re in full alignment with all of your goals and your desired end result. We pair you with a Designer who will guide you through the entire selection process and design. After the design phase, we provide a transparent construction agreement with fixed pricing to ensure that everyone agrees on the project specifications and design before moving forward.

2. History & Expertise

When interviewing remodeling companies, you’ll also want to review their resume as a company. Aside from making sure the contractor is licensed and insured, consider how long they have been in business and their areas of expertise. Do they pride themselves on quality? Is their experience primarily in one area (like kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects or home additions), or do they have experience in a variety of construction services?

As a third-generation family-owned business, Liston Design Build’s award-winning craftsmanship and design services are incorporated into every step of our process. We pride ourselves on offering concierge services from design consultation and 3-D renderings to custom carpentry and premium finishes. Because we streamline our services through a single point of contact, you never have to manage a team of subcontractors and take on the role of project manager.

3. Sincere & Trustworthy Contacts

After your initial portfolio review, look for reviews from the remodeling contractor’s previous clients. This will help you get a sense of their reputation and also how they back up their work with warranty coverage. Recent client reviews for remodeling projects will paint a picture not only of the finished project, but also of the entire experience and working relationship between contractor and client. Finding a company with not only a good reputation but also a sincere passion and desire to bring your vision to life will make all the difference in your home remodeling experience.

Here at Liston Design Build, our team takes immense pride in our track record of thrilling clients throughout the St. Louis region and the high-quality workmanship we have been known for over the past 40 years. We are devoted to bringing your home renovation ideas to life by building positive, trusting relationships and helping make your home feel uniquely yours with every project we complete on your behalf.

Client Experience

Liston Design Build completely transformed our space. Our kitchen was so small and the Liston team gave us so much size back. We can’t say enough about the functionality of it – from the amazing pantry to the countertop space, and we now have a gorgeous backsplash on display. You just can’t not be blown away when you walk into this space. We’ll absolutely be choosing Liston again in the future!

The Bultes

In the DISCOVERY phase, we ask questions and carefully listen to your responses to gauge your ideal bathroom design and understand your desired outcome.

In the DESIGN phase, our talented interior design team draws up plans, suggestions, and potential components to include for you to review and approve.

Then we DEVELOP a plan that includes every detail, including the project timeline.

Next comes the BUILD with skilled workmanship and care implemented at every corner.

Finally, we provide unparalleled SERVICE with a 2-year warranty to guarantee your satisfaction with our work.


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Your Vision, Our Expertise

Whether you live in Kirkwood, St. Louis County, or the surrounding areas, reach out now for a free consultation to get your kitchen remodeling project started today. Creating your ideal space is our goal, and we’ll work together to envision the absolute perfect kitchen to fit your entire family’s lifestyle – now and always.