HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE CONTRACTOR
These three websites can help you find a reputable contractor
By Benjamin Szweda
Contractor horror stories are pretty common. From jobs dragging on far beyond contract terms to projects being abandoned unfinished, these nightmare scenarios are more frequent than you’d hope. Luckily, these three websites can help you find a reputable contractor and lessen your chance of a bad experience.
- ANGIE’S LIST
Angie’s List is an easy-to-use website that lists providers of all trades. Filter results by provider type, and then answer a few questions about your project. Provide your contact information, and Angie’s List will show you several contractors, overall ratings and detailed reviews from prior customers. Providers listed as “Angie’s List Certified” have paid the website, and the company’s owner passed a background check.
- BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers a contractor search option with result filters available by distance and BBB Rating. The presence of reviews may be limited, but you can at least check to see if any complaints were filed and how they were resolved.
Thumbtack has an extensive database of providers. Search by service and location to view local businesses’ profiles, which contain reviews, an overall rating and information such as years in business. Quotes can be directly requested from the contractor if desired.
MAKING A DECISION
Before you select a contractor, ensure they have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. There are one-page documents the contractor can show as verification.
Also, inquire if the contractor will provide lien waivers when you make payments. This will ensure the contractor pays their subcontractors and suppliers and that no lien will be placed on your house. As the process continues, make sure all permits are being pulled. Many cities place this responsibility on the homeowner, not the contractor.