Hearing from people who have had experience with a contractor will give you the most authentic recommendations. If someone else was happy with the contractor’s performance and work ethic, chances are, you will be, too.
If all else fails, you can get a few names from local flyers and ad-mailers that come to your mailbox, but you’ll miss out on the personal experience of another homeowner.
Once you have a few names, it’s time to do some research.
The contract is required to include the legal name and business address of the contractor, the start and end dates for the project, a description of the work and the total price. Make sure the payment schedule is detailed and fair. Never pay for a job before it’s complete.
The contract must by law also have the business’ license or registration numbers.
The contractor must also give you a copy of his commercial liability insurance policy and the insurer’s phone number. Be sure to call the company to make sure the policy is in good standing.