Why do I hear so many horror stories about remodeling?
Because there are unfortunately many to hear; because stories about projects gone bad get more attention than the quiet successes, and because, in large part, contracting in Georgia remains an unregulated, unlicensed activity except for local codes and regulations. In other words, you can be a contractor by calling yourself one, getting a business license (which requires no testing or background check) and going out and getting a job. This is the most compelling reason to focus your search on established companies. Fortunately, legislation putting state regulated licensing in place has passed and is waiting funding. Meanwhile, Contractors who have certification from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) have passed a comprehensive industry exam.