Home contractors are a dime a dozen, which means finding a good one isn’t always easy. Depending on your situation and budget, you may spend countless hours vetting the right choice, but there are ways to speed up the time spent searching. Below we list some of the top ways to find the best local contractor for your needs.
If you’re new to an area or want to do some of your own research, Google is a great place to start your search for a contractor for your needs. Depending on what you need or your task, try searching for specific types of work (i.e. “kitchen remodel contractors”). This will help provide you with a few local options that offer the services you desire and begin the process of vetting each company on pricing and quality. Make sure to select a company that shows past projects to quickly understand if they have the skillset and end result you desire.
If you don’t want to spend time sifting through Google results and reviews, there are quite a few platforms that allow you to search, check reviews and ultimately choose a contractor for your needs. To start, check sites like Angie’s List, Thumbtack, Houzz, and Home Advisor. These platforms were designed to help compare and choose the best home services for your needs and budget. Some sites even allow you to place a job query and have local contractors send bids, making the process a little easier for first-time remodelers.
Ask Your Local Builders Association
Remodeling your home can be a big task and finding a reputable contractor doesn’t get easier than asking around at your local builder’s association. Almost every area has a builders association with a directory listing of top contractors in your city. Board members and administrative staff of builders associations work and live in the communities they serve. They can be an ideal source of trust for recommending quality local contractors.
Ask Local Real Estate Investors
Reputation is everything in the ultra-competitive home service business, and some of the people that utilize contractors the most are local real estate investors. While some investors have their own internal teams, the smaller companies typically have their go-to option and can refer their services to you. Keep in mind that not all investment firms are going to immediately field a phone call about home renovations, but if you shoot them an email they should be able to point you in the right direction.
If you haven’t done so already, sign up for Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a great way to find out information about your neighborhood and ask for local referrals from your neighbors. It’s easily one of the fastest ways to find a contractor that has worked with your neighbors and can be trusted to handle the work you’re seeking.