Today’s guest blogger is Woodrow Aames, a regular blog contributor over on ReliableRemodeler.com, who put out great articles about homeownership and particularly how to connect with the right contractor for your given project. Luckily for us, some of their writers have contributed material to this blog before.
In this case, Woodrow talks about the business of finding a green remodeler, using a tool we all know and love; The INTERNET!
Everyone will tell you, the best way to find a great remodeling contractor for your home renovation (green or otherwise) is word-of-mouth. Ask your friends, ask your friends’ friends, ask your friends’ Facebook friends. But all that asking can be tiring.
And if you’re reading this, chances are you like the Internet. Me too! Which is why I’m happy to report that looking up green home remodeling contractors online is pretty easy and reliable.
Here’s the deal. Go to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Green Home Guide. They list more than 150,000 green building contractors, including green remodeling contractors. If 150,000 contractors you could hire sounds unbelievably overwhelming, don’t worry.
USGBC breaks it down for you, with categories for roofers, interior designers, electricians, and everything in between. They even recently added a category for green plumbers. And of course it’s all searchable by location. Just enter your city, state, or ZIP code.
In addition to helping you avoid the drawn-out conversations with acquaintances that are inevitable when you ask them about their home renovations (the intricacies of duct work problems are always more exciting when the duct work is yours), the Green Home Guide has the added benefits of only showing you remodeling contractors who are certified and accredited with Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) professional credentials.
So instead of getting a recommendation from a friend that’s primarily based on the fact that the remodeling contractor is actually their second cousin, you can get an objective list of names based on objective qualifications.
Once you have a few names in hand, you can always ask around from there.