Start asking around, begin with your friends, ask a building inspector, and check with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a list of members. Even lumberyards may be a good place as they know which contractors buy the best materials and pay their bills on time.
Before actually meeting them, give them a call and ask some questions. Do they have experience with the type of project you?re contemplating? Will they provide some reference? Do they use subcontractors? Who do they use and can you contact them? What?s their availability? How many projects do they do at a time?
Don?t just jump at someone you like or the lowest price but see what comes with that price as there may be hidden extras that are omitted from some bids and will crop up later. Be informed before you agree to anything.
Then when you do come to an agreement, be sure to get everything in writing, this will prevent any surprises in the future and will help you keep things on schedule and budget.?