The National Association of the Remodeling Industry recommends a number of areas you should consider when selecting a contractor:
Select a contractor with an established area business specializing in your type of project.
Check local references to ensure that past clients are satisfied with their service.
Call the Better Business Bureau to make sure there isn’t an adverse file on record for the company.
Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s certification of insurance or for the name of his insurance agency to verify critical coverage, such as worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability insurance.
Check your state licensing board to ensure that the contractor has the proper license and that it is valid for the scope and monetary limits of your project. A higher license ensures a greater depth of financial resources and may also be an indicator of diversity of skills and experience.
If you are getting bids from several different sources, make certain they are all bidding on the same scope and quality of work to ensure a fair comparison.