Question: We are thinking of doing a home improvement job, and need some help in selecting a reputable contractor.
Answer: You can usually get a list of good, reputable contractors from trade associations, such as the Building Industry Assn. or the American Building Contractors Assn. However, even when you do get such a listing, you should carefully interview between one and six firms to make sure that they can do the work in the manner that you would like to have it done.
The fact that a person belongs to a trade association or is a member of the Better Business Bureau is not necessarily a stamp of approval that he is a good contractor, or even an ethical one.
Before interviewing a contractor, you should have a good idea what you want to do to your home and the amount you want to spend. You should make certain that the contractor will do the type of work that is in line with the type of property you have.