Scott Barr advises remodelers to first see if hiring a management consultant would be a good return on investment. “Quantify how many new jobs you have to sell to pay for it and if it's reasonable for your company,” he says. Then find a company that fits your needs.

  • Evaluate the company's experience, and check references from recent projects.
  • Prepare a detailed scope of work before you start.
  • Include built-in review periods based on specific criteria or a time frame. “You can decide if you want to move forward. This way you are not locked into a deal,” Barr says.
  • State the benefits you expect, and have a way to measure results.