Finding the right contractor for a remodeling project can be a difficult
process for most homeowners. They face the grueling tasks of finding
trustworthy contractors to let into their homes, sorting through
estimates, determining how to get the best bang for their buck, and
investigating whether or not they need to obtain a permit.
Heath Gooden of Heath’s Home Remodeling says “any general contractor who is
doing work for someone, should always obtain an electrical, plumbing, and
As a licensed and insured contractor in the state of New Jersey, Gooden
emphasizes to homeowners the importance of hiring a licensed and insured
contractor for home repairs and remodeling projects. “The reason to go
with a licensed contractor is simple…you can always save money by going
with a non-licensed contractor, but if and when something goes wrong, [the
homeowner] has nobody to go after”.
Gooden also warns homeowners that not all licensed contractors are
currently insured. “There’s a lot of contractors that are licensed, but
not insured. They’ll show up and they’ll give you a copy of an insurance
policy that’s old. That’s when you have to step in to protect yourself”.
Gooden believes that homeowners should get detailed written estimates to
better understand what services the contractor will be providing. Mike
Holmes of HGTV’S Holmes on Homes, shares the same advice saying “A
contract is the start of your relationship with a contractor. In working
out the contract details, it will really show you whether this person is
someone you can work with over the course of the project.” According to
Gooden, there are a number of contractors who use printed, generic “carbon copied contracts” with very little details.
Without a detailed contract homeowners can be faced with costly surprise
Gooden credits his success to his faith in God saying “I gave my business
to God and it’s been flourishing ever since”.
Gooden’s journey to success did not come easily. “I was diagnosed with
brain cancer back in 2005. The doctors gave me 6 months to live. I started
attending church…and I gave myself to Christ. I just noticed how
everything that the doctors told me turned full circle. That just let me
know that God has another calling on my life and on my business.” He
further says, “He gave me the vision for my business while I was sick. Once
I became healthy and cancer free, me and my wife prayed [for] the business
and we started [it].”
Gooden’s first customer was Tre Thomas, former Pro Bowl offensive tackle
for the Philadelphia Eagles. “I did his gym, 7 Deuce Sports. It’s just a
blessing that we started our business and started it debt free.” Other pro
football players have used Gooden’s services.
According to Gooden, providing a great service and word of mouth referrals
have contributed to his company’s growth.
For more information about Heath’s Home Remodeling contact 856.505.0480 or visit HeathsHomeRemodeling.com.