Have you ever had a bad experience with a contractor (ex. painter, roofer, plumber, landscaper, carpenter etc.)? Did problems such as these occur: contractor showing up late or not at all; poor workmanship and work ethics; missed deadlines? Have you landed in court because of a bad contractor?
I can relate. Although finding a reliable and punctual contractor who takes pride in his or her work often seems impossible, contractors possessing these characteristics do exist. The key is knowing how and where to find them.
Here are a few easy ways (outside of using yellow pages) to find contractors who will make you want to smile at completion of job, instead of cry:
ˇAsk family members, friends and associates for referrals of contractors who have worked for them. People close to you are usually more than happy to give you name of someone who did excellent work for them.
ˇVisit your local home improvement center. Employees and customer service representatives (CSRs) may be able to refer quality contractors to you. Contractors patronize these centers regularly and sometimes leave business cards with CSRs.
ˇAttend local home and garden shows. These shows are packed with home improvement professionals who are eager to explain and demonstrate type of services they provide. Visit various vendor tables/booths. Retrieve information provided by professionals and use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have concerning your next project and your search for a contractor.
ˇIf your city or town has a real estate association, attend one of regular meetings. The real estate investors, agents, brokers and others who attend meetings can refer you to quality contractors. Some contractors are members of real estate associations.