1. Ask Around
Reach out to friends and family and ask if they know any credible contractors. Maybe your neighbor had work done recently and would let you stop by to take a look! Recommendations from people you know mean much more than online reviews.
Whether you choose to interview your potential contractor over the phone or in person, it’s important you talk to them before agreeing to anything. It’s a good idea to ask them how long they’ve been in this line of work and if they’d be willing to take on a project your size.
3. Do Your Research
Google is your friend! Find out how tedious and time consuming your project is, learn what others paid for the work you want done, and walk away with tips from people who were once in your shoes. The internet can provide you with a ton of information and advice, take advantage of it!
4. Money Talks
You should be a little wary if a contractor wants to charge you an arm and a leg, but you should also be cautious if you feel like you’re practically stealing from him. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A credible contractor will charge you a reasonable price for the work he’s putting in; if you want exceptional work then be prepared to pay the price.
Likewise, the payment plan your contractor suggests could say a lot about his work ethic. If he charges you half upfront, he may be concerned you won’t be satisfied with the finished product. A decent worker will charge you an increasing percent throughout the project’s lifetime.
5. Get it in Writing
Although you may be communicating with your contractor over the phone or in person most of the time, it’s a great idea to get everything in writing. This ensures the work you asked to have done will get done, and the price you agreed upon will not change.