Any contractor with some experience can appear capable and desirable to hire, but a certified general contractor brings a lot more to the table. Every certification that the National Association of Homebuilders’ (NAHB) grants, reveals an advanced specialization in some aspect of remodeling and these certifications can benefit any project, however unrelated it may seem. They also reveal a level of general commitment and expertise: contractors who are less serious about their work have neither the funds nor motivation to pursue certifications that cost time and money.


Many certifications exist that contractors can obtain—the EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, and Certified Green Professional, to name a few. Criner Remodeling holds all of these, and hiring a firm with credentials like Criner’s can only benefit a project. Even if a home is not being designed exclusively for the elderly, contractors with such certifications can tweak a remodeling job so that a home is at least more accommodating for older persons. Visiting relatives and aging loved ones in need of housing down the road can prove to be a much easier sacrifice with such subtle provisions. Similarly, a kitchen may be remodeled for reasons other than to increase green efficiency, but with a contractor certified in that area, the project can still be slightly adjusted to maximize energy efficiency.


Less tangible benefits are the levels of experience that certified contractors provide. A Class-A licensed contractor is the highest general certification offered in the state of Virginia, and it’s obtainable only after years of experience. People who contract as a side job, or enter the profession expecting immediate wealth may offer lower prices, but the mark of quality work is seen through these committed certifications. These accreditations may seem to some just a series of titles, but in reality they almost guarantee high caliber work that meets the clients’ needs.