Trusted advice for a stress-free remodel
Get a Second Opinion™ from an honest and unbiased remote Pro so you can scope your project, compare quotes, and pick the best contractor for your home remodels and repairs.
What is ProHow?
Ask a tradesperson as many questions as you want, guilt-free. Get advice planning projects, second opinions when comparing quotes, and get un-stuck when you don’t know where to turn. Remote advice from trusted Pros – built for homeowners, by homeowners.
By your side throughout your project
A second set of eyes
We’ve all been there, from not knowing where to start to multiple quotes for the same project with significant price differences between general contractors. We help you align scope and materials, compare quotes, and uncover errors and oversights. We’re here to simplify your remodel with no sales pitch.
Pick the right contractor
We speak contractor. Our trade Pros have years of experience doing the work and writing estimates, why not have them on your side? We’ll help you speak the language so you understand what you’re paying for and how it should be done. Think of us as coaches or mentors.
Stay on budget and schedule
Our Pros help you know what to look out for to ensure your projects stay on budget and on schedule – many are general contractors or project managers. Save money by ensuring every detail is captured and get advice on what to do if things don’t go to plan.
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Trade Pro Second Opinion™
Walk through your project and quotes
30-minute video call with a trade Pro
Second Opinion™ FAQ:
Our Pros cover most trades. We can provide second opinions on: kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, pest and termite inspection remediation, pool and sauna construction and remodels, roof replacement or installation, plumbing repairs, foundation and concrete repairs and installation, flooring installation and replacement, electrical repairs, water damage repairs, insurance claims, new construction, additions, and much more.
Contact us for a customized consultation for more complex projects or if you’d like to pre-purchase multiple sessions with a Pro.
Our network of Pros covers most aspects of construction and remodeling. Some of their specialties include: Plumber, electrician, general contractor, handyman, landscaper, carpenter, home inspector, painter, HVAC technician, appliance technician, estimator, flooring and tile, and many more.
Of course! We can help with remote project management by providing tips on what to look out for to keep your project on schedule and within budget. Our Pros work at and run construction companies of all sizes and have experience working on projects big and small. They know what to look out for to ensure your project doesn’t turn into the unexpected.
We’re happy to offer multiple check-ins for your project so you can meet with your Pro at various milestones to ensure everything’s proceeding according to plan. Contact us for a customized consultation consultation schedule.
Each General Contractor is unique and brings years of experience in various trades to the table. ProHow’s network spans most specialties so we can recommend a general contractor who has a depth of experience aligning with your project.
General contractors are great for larger projects when you need someone to coordinate various trades (as subcontractors). For example, if you’re remodeling your kitchen you may need to demo your existing kitchen, a plumber to run new piping, an electrician to install lights and switches, a cabinet maker, a tile installer, flooring specialist, painter, and so many more specialties. A general contractor will have many vetted tradespeople on speed dial so they can provide one estimate and timeline to encompass your entire project. Less headache for you since you have a single point of contact acting as a project manager ensuring you get what you paid for.
When you receive quotes from multiple general contractors for your remodel, you’re not always comparing apples to apples since each GC has their own way of breaking down the project and associated costs. When we say “we speak contactor” it’s because our Pros are contractors. Who better to break down your kitchen remodel quote or bathroom remodel quote than the people who write these quotes and run the projects every day? We call them “Pros” for a reason, they’re the best at what they do.
Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, remodel your bathroom, build an addition, or build a house from scratch, you always want to shop around and find someone you can trust. Generally, it’s a good idea to get at least three quotes from different general contractors so you can compare pricing, materials, and expertise. Many homeowners rely on word-of-mouth referrals from friends, family, and neighbors while others prefer to do their own research through online directories. Remember, many of these online directories follow a “pay to play” model, so be sure to thoroughly analyze reviews and vet each contractor instead of picking the recommended results.
Do you need help comparing quotes or vetting a contractor before making a decision? Reach out, we’re here to help!
As homeowners, we don’t do this every day, that’s what it’s important to get organized, do your research, and stay on top of your project. The more effort you put in upfront, the smoother your project will progress and the more involved you are throughout the project, the closer the outcome will be to your expectations.
When you’re just starting to think about a home improvement project such as remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, get organized by spending the time to scope out the ins and outs of the project to lay out the foundation of what you want to accomplish and how you’ll go about achieving it.
Then, determine which resources you’ll need to accomplish your renovation. For larger projects (or if you’re less DIY-inclined) you’ll need to hire a general contractor or a specialized tradesperson who’s mastered their craft. Spend the time to find and vet the best tradesperson for your project and make sure you have a mutual understanding of your expected level of involvement throughout the project.
Finally, stay on top of your project’s progress, quality, and budget to ensure your expectations are met. Even though you’re hiring someone to project manage, this is your home, and you are the most involved stakeholder. Keeping an eye on things during the project can save a lot of headache and potential rework down the line.