Finding the Perfect Remodeling Contractor

If you are in the market of finding a reliable remodeling contractor for your next home project there are a few steps that you can take to make sure you get exactly what you pay for. With so many options available to the public, the key is finding the right professional who can perform the work you require without costing you an arm and a leg.

While the title “remodeling contractor” is a pretty broad term, you may be looking for a specific professional to handle a specific job. For example if you want expansive tile work done to your bathroom, some remodeling contractors may specialize in that type of work and charge a basic fee while others in the field will charge more for customized work. Here are a few tips to find the perfect remodeling contractor for you.

Ask Around

The best way to find a reliable contractor is to ask around. Not only will positive references be mentioned by close friends and family you trust, but knowing someone who has had face to face contact with a remodeling contractor is a great way to get a sense of character about the worker.

Not only can you avoid hiring a sleazy remodeling contractor by getting references, but the people they helped with remodeling jobs will have a good idea what kind of work the contractor excels at and where they fall short. Plus, if a friend or family member has had work done by a remodeling contractor and you get a chance to see the finished project, you can get an idea of their skills in the trade.

Interview Candidates

Whenever someone is hired for any type of job, they usually go through an interview process. The same can be done with remodeling contractors. Don’t forget, you are spending hard earned money to get a job done the way you want it, doing an interview allows for a better business relationship between the contractor and client.

An interview with a potential remodeling contractor is also a great way to get a look at credentials and experience. Communication plays a major role in remodeling jobs and with a few quick phone calls you can generally get an idea of how this contractor behaves professionally and how easy or difficult it is to contact them.


When it comes to hiring anyone, getting proper documentation is always an important step of the process. If a remodeling contractor sets up appointment to give you an estimate, you can tell a lot about them from the paperwork they present. Does it look professional? Do their prices seem fair? These are questions that can be answered before you move on.

A true professional remodeling contractor will have paperwork detailing every angle of the remodeling job. Some of these may be specifics about the scope of the work involved, a work schedule, a change-order clause, an expressed limited warranty, a clause about dispute resolution, and so on.


The most important thing of all when it comes to finding a reliable remodeling contractor is to do your homework. Hiring someone simply because you like their website or their cost is the wrong way to handle the situation. Ask around, make inquiries, and allow yourself the best and you will have no problem finding the right remodeling contractor for you!

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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