The best way to find a great contractor is to ask a friend, co-worker or family member. Having someone you know recommend a contractor is usually a safe way to go, especially if the person referring the contractor was extremely pleased with the work.
If a neighbor is having work done, keep an eye on that job and watch the timeliness and clean-up. Introduce yourself to the neighbor and get a first hand report. If possible, try to talk to one of the workers.
The Better Business Bureau is another safe way to find a company that is trusted. On the BBB website you are able to read reviews or complaints.
Angie’s List is a new referral website. Home owner reviews are straight forward and honest.
Calling your City Building Department is great resource. They may not be able to refer a specific company, but they can tell you who pulls the most permits and who passes their inspections.
The local Chamber of Commerce is another resource.
Keep in mind a company that has someone famous singing about them in commercials doesn’t mean they’re good. A company that does a lot of radio or tv ads has to cover the cost somewhere. Your job may be the perfect place.
Do your research so you can ask the right questions. Write them down. When interviewing several contractors for the same job, write their answers down to your questions so you can compare. If something is drastically different from one contractor to another do some research and find out what is right.
Always remember this; if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
You always have 3 days to cancel any contract, with or without deposit.