It’s important to do more than simply get a list of clients from a remodeler. You’ll want to dig a little deeper to see how satisfied the homeowner was with the results.

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Q: What is the best way to find a reputable remodeler in our area?

A: If you’re thinking about remodeling your Seattle-area home, finding a reliable, reputable remodeler is a huge first step.

“The Seattle area,” however, covers a lot of ground. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the population at more than 3,733,000 people, with a geography that includes King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

That’s a pretty big area, so how do you select a remodeler who knows your particular neighborhood or community — and is known and respected in that same area?

One thing to take a look at is the type of experience a company has in your area. Every homeowner knows that references are important for builders and remodelers. But it’s important to do more than simply get a list of clients from a remodeler. You’ll want to dig a little deeper to see how satisfied the homeowner was with the results — and the whole remodeling process.

But are you really going to visit another homeowner who lives on the other side of the metro area to see how their remodeling project went? That’s why it’s important to find someone who has actually done work in your area.

Check out websites such as Houzz.com to help find renovators who have done work near you. Sites such as these contain project examples with photos and reviews from well-known area companies.

But frankly, the best way to find a reputable remodeler in your Seattle-area neighborhood is to talk to your neighbors and find out who they’ve used and how happy they are with the outcome. Nothing beats word-of-mouth recommendations.

Brooks Powell is the general manager of Powell Homes and Renovations and a member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and HomeWork is the MBA’s weekly column. If you have a home improvement, remodeling or residential homebuilding question you’d like answered by one of the MBA’s more than 2,800 members, write to homework@mbaks.com.