Think you've got what it takes to join the Big50? Here's your chance to show off—the application period for the 2017 Big50 is officially open.

Here's a little bit about this honor:

The Basics
The Big50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices. Every year, REMODELING inducts 50 new companies that have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, growing companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising the standards of the industry. To date, more than 1,000 remodelers who have demonstrated such excellence can boast membership to the Big50.

If you're familiar with the Big50, you'll realize that we're opening the application period a little late this year. That's because, unlike previous years, the 2017 Big50 will be announced in our September issue.

Nominations
The selection process begins in the spring, when we ask all of our editors and columnists for nominations. Additionally, we ask for suggestions from Remodelers Advantage, NARI, and the NAHB Remodelers Council. We also contact remodelers we've consulted for articles, who've been part of the Remodeling 550, or those who we've corresponded with on social media.

Making the Picks
Once we've received nominations, we'll get to work narrowing the field. Companies nominated by more than one source are strong candidates, as are companies who get strong recommendations from their peers. Big50 contractors must meet industry standards of operating excellence, and must measure up to certain financial benchmarks.

After all this research is complete, the REMODELING editorial staff selects 50 remodelers who exemplify the very best of the industry and have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

Over the years, Big50 has become a community of more than 1,000 remodelers who return regularly to the Remodelers Summit (formerly the Remodeling Leadership Conference), a series of seminars co-hosted with Remodelers Advantage. The Summit includes an awards banquet at which the current winners are announced.

In the end, the name Big50 is something of a misnomer, since the awards have little to do with a company's size. The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and the companies who belong to this select group set an example for the rest of the industry.

Ready To Apply?

  • Who's Eligible: Any remodeling company that has been in business for at least three years and has not been named Big50 before. Once you are in Big50, you are Big50 for life!
  • What You Do: Fill out our online application form to tell our staff why you should be part of the 2017 Big50.
  • When To Do It: ASAP! Deadline to apply is Monday, May 1.

Learn more about the Big50, including the class of 2016, here.

The deadline to apply to is Monday, May 1. Click here to start filling out your application.

Questions? Contact assistant editor Marisa Mendez at mmendez@hanleywood.com.