One of the scariest things about renovations is picking the right contractor. You always hear the horror stories about home renovations gone wrong, due to the inexperience or misjudgment of a contractor. Aunt Susie's contractor bailed halfway through the project and Uncle Ernie got robbed from his own home. Those are the stories that we are all terrified might happen to us. We have some ideas for you to consider when you are picking out your remodeling contractor.

First, hit the pavement. Well, not literally, but pay attention. It is more than likely that someone in your neighborhood has recently done a small home project or a larger project and if their contractor was one to brag about, we're sure they did. When you find a good contractor that is trustworthy, it is reason enough to talk about it. A lot of small businesses gain their clientele from word of mouth. If there is a good contractor out there, you will be bound to hear about it.

Secondly, look to recommended contractors online. There are popular websites that revolve around recommending great services everywhere around the world. These websites have strict criteria and if contractors make the cut then you can take comfort in the fact that they have great reviews.

Thirdly, if you get the chance, ask! This tip might not be what you are thinking. We're talking about going to the contractor reviews online and contacting clients who have written a review, whether it be positive or negative. If these people are contactable, then ask them how their experience was and if they would recommend them.

Whoever you decide to go with don't be afraid to ask them questions. You are more than welcome to pick and choose from a selection. Don't think that if you show interest in one contractor that you are stuck with them. It is a competitive business and that is because different contractors are fit for different people. You may like one contractor on paper but when you meet them you might realize they aren't the right fit for you. So, interview a few different contractors, collect their quotes and feel it out. You don't want to rush into a project that is going to cost you several thousand dollars.

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