Get referrals. Ask your family, friends and neighbors for the names of contractors or trades professionals they've used and make a list of companies that serve your area.
Get in touch. Once you have a list of companies, call them and ask if they specialize in your type of project.
Research your options. Contact your local Better Business Bureau and your state's consumer protection agency to review the reputation of the companies on your list.
Meet the contractors in person. Meeting face-to-face not only allows you to ask more questions, it also provides insight into the contractor's communication style, character, and attention to detail.
Get estimates. Ask the companies on your list for an estimate and have them break down the costs, including materials, labor and expenses.
Be on the lookout. Beware of doing business with contractors who do the following:
- Give you a quote before seeing the job.
- Demand a large deposit upfront to purchase materials.
- Insist you sign a contract on the first visit.
Sort out the details before work begins:
- Get everything in writing.