Get recommendations from people you know. Make a list of contractors by asking friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who they’ve worked with.
Word-of-mouth referrals go a long way to finding the right contractor. If that’s not an option for you, plenty of online services can help your search. Here’s a list of free online services you can use to start compiling a contractor list:
One of the oldest and most trusted review services for local home needs, Angies’s List supplies users with names of local contractors, read and write reviews, and request quotes. Be aware that businesses pay to advertise on Angie’s List in order to show up higher in the search results, even if they don’t have the best ratings.
This is a free service that matches users with available local contractors. Rather than browsing a list of contractors like Angie’s List or Houzz, homeowners answer a series of preliminary questions about their project, information which HomeAdvisor then sells to local contractors as a lead. Be prepared to start getting calls from contractors soon after you complete the questionnaire. All contractors must pass a HomeAdvisor background check as well.
One of the best online sources for project inspiration and design ideas, Houzz is a free site that lets homeowners browse project galleries and post reviews of local pros. Like Angie’s List, Houzz features paid listings at the top of their search results.