How to find the best local contractors

Hiring a contractor shouldn't be a snap decision. Angie's List encourages you to keep a clear head and consider the following:

  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors and those who only accept cash payments, offer discounts for finding customers or pressure you to make a quick decision.
  • Verify the business is licensed to operate in your area.
  • Ask the contractor you want to hire for several references from happy customers who’ve had worked completed — and check them. Visit the job sites if possible.
  • Never sign a contract containing blank spaces.

If you run into problems:

  • Let the contractor know you’re unhappy. Ask him or her to take specific action to remedy the situation.
  • Follow up with a letter. Keep records of all written correspondence as well as receipts, canceled checks and credit card statements. If a business requests documents, send a copy, never an original. Keep a log of all conversations, including the date and time of the call, what was said and who you spoke with.
  • Report suspected unethical or illegal behavior to the proper authorities.
  • More tips on How to Complain Effectively


I need someone who I can depend on to do the job right---I paid dearly for someone to destroy my property, close in this structure who was referred by a friend, who I trusted. Now I need to find someone affordable to trust to do the job correctly and who will not cost my dearly.

what about checking on the NARI website?

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