Remodeler Wins 2005 National Business Ethics Award

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Winner of American Business Ethics Award uses award as platform to promote good business practices in industry, in wake of Hurricane KatrinaÂ?s effect on prices.

Kansas City based Schloegel Design Remodel Inc. is a recipient of the 2005 American Business Ethics Award, recognizing the company’s commitment to ethical practices in its everyday operations, philosophies and in response to crises and challenges. The award, sponsored by the Society of Financial Service Professionals and Guardian Life Insurance Company, will be presented at its Financial Service Forum 2005 in Phoenix.

President and founder Jake Schloegel said the award couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, given the current spike in construction costs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “The increased cost of building materials has definitely forced many remodelers to pass on some of those costs to their clients,” he explained. “However, as with any industry, there will always be less-than-reputable businesses taking advantage of the situation. This award emphasizes the value of good business ethics, and it’s a message I am eager to share with my peers.”

Schloegel says that now, more than ever, consumers should carefully choose a contractor when considering a home remodeling project. He offers the following advice:

•    Obtain three references of projects similar to yours and ask them about quality of work, final price vs. estimate, service record, problems and timeline.

•    Find out how long the contractor has been in business, where the contractor does its banking, whether the contractor is a member of any trade organizations and the names of three suppliers.

•    Ask for a sample contract to see what is/isn’t included, how disputes are resolved

and the payment schedule.

Schloegel’s design staff and project managers are all certified by the National Association of Remodeling Industry NARI), which has launched a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The NARI / NRF Hurricane Relief Effort is a collaborative effort between NARI and its charitable arm, the National Remodeling Foundation (NRF).

“It is important to recognize those companies that exemplify a strong commitment to both business excellence and the highest standard of civic and social responsibility,” said Anthony J. Domino, Jr., CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS, president of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. “The Business Ethics Awards are an important reminder that doing right and doing well are not mutually exclusive in today’s business world.”

Schloegel Design Remodel is one of Kansas City's oldest and most trusted remodeling contractors. SDR specializes in older home renovation and suburban remodeling of kitchens baths and entire homes. SDR was founded in 1980 by Jake Schloegel. For more information, visit http://www.remodelagain.com.

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