1) “Understanding what you need to have done”.
When you decide to start a project it is always a good idea to have some knowledge about what needs to be done. Lets just say you would like to install new windows, it is a good idea to check YouTube or Google about window installation. This will give you a better understanding of what kind of questions you might want to ask a contractor when they visit your home. It will also give you a better understanding of what’s happening when the job is in progress.
2) “Who is most Qualified to do the Work”.
Once you have an understanding of what the project is really about you need to decide who would be most qualified to do the work. You wouldn’t hire a electrician to replace your roof. Skilled labor is exactly that. And getting the right person to do the job is important. Sometimes paying a little extra to get the person that’s best could save you a lots of time and money in the long run. And by understanding your project you will then have a better understanding of who is best qualified to do the work.
3) “Make a list of Contractors”.
You understand your project and you know what you need. Now its time to list some qualified contractors. BlackContractors.com is a good place to start. Then check with friends, associations, or if you have used a good contractor in the past give them a call to see who they know. Make a list of at least 5 contractors.
4) “Checking the Contractors on your list”.
Call your local Consumer Affairs and check the licenses of each contractor. But remember the laws are different from state to state and contractors in your area might not have to be licensed for what your looking to have done. But call anyway just to check. It only takes a few minutes to check. You will need the following information— The company name and address or the license number of the contractor.
5) The Choice is Yours
Visit the Consumer Affairs and Better Business Bureau Web Sites. No matter what anyone tells you about finding a contractor to do the job, it is always recommended that you check the contractors history in your local area. To many stories have been told in the news and on TV. about people getting taken by scam artist. So remember no matter what, never leave the homework to anyone else, unless they will guarantee the work themselves.