Finding a quality home improvement contractor can be a difficult task because there are just so many out there. Most people go straight to google, which isn't a bad resource, but it's better used as a tool to vet potential contractors than to find and compare them. Luckily there are a few places you can look that will not only give you solid recommendations but make it easier to compare them side by side:
1.) Word of Mouth
Ask the people in your neighborhood who they have used for similar projects. Word of mouth is probably the best way to find quality home improvement contractors. This way you can get valuable recommendations and feedback from a source you trust, as well as inspect the work they have done in person, and get a feel for the quality of work they do.
2.) Angie’s List
Angie's list is a great online resource for finding home improvement contractors. It’s a free service that you sign up for that lets you see and leave reviews for many different service providers in your area. You can search and compare companies on their website at angieslist.com. Angie’s List reports that over 6 million people use their service and leave upwards of 60 thousand reviews every month. These reviews provide details about the work or service provided, and grade companies A-F based on price, response time, quality of work, and professionalism.
The BBB is a non profit organization that has been around for over 100 years, making it one of the longest running, and most trusted resources. You can search for and compare companies on their website at bbb.org/search. The BBB reports on accredited and non-accredited business alike however, I recommend you more readily consider accredited businesses as their accreditation process is quite thorough, and requires businesses to maintain a score of B or above.
These are the most trusted resources for finding home improvement contractors, in my opinion. Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments below.
by Jonathan Smith