How do you pick a contractor when you are in need of home repair or maintenance services?

  • June 23 2010 - Greensboro
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All answers are good and usable, but my preferences is to contact

www.NARI.org for your next contractor on a home remodel project.

This group of National Association of the Remodeling Industry takes their work seriously.

Consult with one of these professional contractors for the best value.

Good Luck!

James Callas - Realtor®
  • June 24 2010
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Talk to neighbors who have had work done and get referrals from them and people you trust.  Interview contractors and go see the work they have performed.  You are making a major investment...do your resarch.

Simon Mills
Mills Realty
  • July 01 2010
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Very Carefully. NC does not require a license for projects under $30,000. Which covers most home improvements. They do require licenses for specific projects like plumbing or electrical work. So, get referrals. Or try a local referral network like AngiesList.com which is where I found a handyman.

OR, as a local Realtor. We usually have a few numbers to contractor we've worked with and have satisfied customers.
  • July 01 2010
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Ask your friends for referrals. You can always ask your real estate agent, who should have a list of reliable vendors.
  • June 24 2010
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The best way is referral by a friend . But its still a good idea to do your homework .see if he has been doing this for more than two years under the same name . because the BBB only keeps track of businesses for a couple of years . If a contractor is a real dirtbag then he changes his company name every two years. Unfortunately the BBB doesnt go back and attach his previous scams to his new name.
  • June 23 2010
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I have had good luck using service magic to get a list of people in my area for the type of repair or maintenance that I need.

After getting the list of three or so people I then call them, ask for an estimate, and request references.
  • June 23 2010
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