Follow your gut
If you don't get a good feeling, walk away. Request recommendations from family, friends & coworkers... but still check them out!
Ensure they are registered and in good standing with a Company like the Better Business Bureau
Ask for references but take them with a grain of salt;
Every contractor will make sure they have at least 3 happy clients
Insist on the name, policy number and phone number of their Liability Insurance Company
Call to make sure it is current
Make sure you know your City's Licensing requirements
Some just require a fee and Liability Insurance, which is no guarantee of a quality Contractor
Complete an internet search on the company.
Do they have any negative reviews?
Find out who will be doing the work
Will it be subcontracted to other companies?
Ask a lot of questions
A good contractor will have nothing to hide
Research what is involved in completing the job
The more you know the better you can spot problems
Don't select based on price
The highest price does not guarantee the highest quality - stay away from unusually low prices
There are not many laws to protect you so protect yourself
Don't pay everything up front, pay as the work is completed to your satisfaction
HOW TO SELECT THE PERFECT CONTRACTOR
You'd think it would be a relatively easy job to hire a contractor to head up your remodel or repairs,
however these simple steps can mean the difference between complete confidence and sleepless nights.