If you’re planning a home remodel, hire a professional remodeler with excellent credentials. According to Robert Criner, President of Criner Remodeling in Yorktown, VA, the best remodeling results are achieved when qualified remodelers do the work.

Homeowners can hire the best remodelers for the job if they take the time to check the remodeler’s credentials. Credentials include: licensing, certification, education, association involvement and awards, overall experience, and of course, customer testimonials and referrals.

Criner Remodeling benefits from a 30 year list of professional credentials that are highlighted on the firm’s website, www.crinerremodeling.com. Here are just a few examples:

Recipient of the First National Remodeling Quality Award

Criner received this first award in 1996. Modeled after the prestigious Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award given by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the country’s best-run companies, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Remodeling Magazine awarded them the sole winner in the small company category.

Class-A Licensed Contractor in Virginia

A Class A contractor is required to have at least five years of experience and can perform any size project. Contractors have to be licensed in both the state they are established in and the cities they perform work in. Criner Remodeling is licensed in Virginia and all the Peninsula’s municipalities, giving the company the authority to perform legitimately.

Certified Green Professional

In 2008, Robert Criner successfully completed all the requirements to earn the NAHB’s Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation. The CGP designation is designed by the NAHB to teach building industry professionals strategies for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

Certified Graduate Builder

The Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business and project management skills as the keys to a professional building operation. Robert Criner has successfully met the prescribed standards of practice and experience, completed a comprehensive education curriculum and pledged to uphold the program’s code of ethics.


There isn’t a more powerful type of advertising, or credential, for a professional remodeler than a genuine testimonial from satisfied customers. The Criner website features dozens of examples of satisfied customers (with names) that the firm proudly displays.

There are more credentials that you can research on any given contractor in your particular area by checking with local associations, trade groups, the BBB, as well as commercial sites like Angie’s List.