How Do I Find the Right Contractor for My Remodel?

4 Steps To Finding a Contractor You Can Trust


Most homeowners agree that one of the scariest parts of planning any home remodeling or renovation project is (cue ominous music): finding the right contractor.

The reason this process causes so much anxiety is that using a bad one can turn your dreams of a beautiful remodel or reno into a waking nightmare.

But how exactly do you find one who will do the job properly? What qualities should you look for in a good contractor?

This article will answer those questions, so you’re no longer left in the dark. By the end, you’ll have four simple actions you can take to vet potential contractors and find the right partner to help you execute your home improvement vision.


Let’s go over the four steps you should follow to find a renovation contractor that not only has skill and experience but is also trustworthy and dependable.

1.   Check with local supply stores and subcontractors

The best places to look for good contractors are the places and people that they’re most familiar with. That means checking with your local supply stores and subcontractors whom you’ve worked with before. Just call them up (or go in person) and ask for suggestions for home improvement contractors, and before long you’ll have a list of names to research.

2.   Read contractor reviews (and responses)

Once you learn the names of potential contractors, search for them on Google and read the reviews that past customers have left on their business page. Don’t forget to read their responses to reviews, too, as that can reveal a lot about how the contractor handles criticism and conflict.

3.   Verify they’re licensed and insured

Two important things to look for in a contractor is whether or not they’re licensed and insured.

In most states (like Idaho), all contractors must possess a license from the Idaho Contractors Board. Having this license means they know enough about building codes, permits, and other important information in their field to obtain it, so you can be reasonably sure that they know what they’re doing. Plus, you’ll avoid getting into legal trouble with the state for hiring an unlicensed contractor.

In addition, contractors must also be insured. Policies like general liability insurance and workmans compensation (if they employ any workers) protect them in case they’re sued by the homeowner, sustain an injury, or if any of their equipment becomes damaged. A contractor without insurance can’t legally do business in Idaho.

4.   Do a background check

Finally, to thoroughly vet a contractor, do a background check to ensure they don’t have any criminal records.

You may think that this is a step too far. But think about it: you want to make sure that you’re hiring someone who will be safe for you and your loved ones to be around, as some remodels can take several weeks or even months to complete. You also want to verify that they don’t have a history of committing fraud or any other types of crimes against their past customers.

All in all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Conclusion

Following the steps in this article will transform the process of finding the right contractor less stressful and more pleasant. Ultimately, it will even make the entire renovation or remodel run more smoothly.

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Clay Lester, Owner

Licensed and insured as a general contractor in both Washington and Idaho and with over 20 years of skill and expertise, Clay and his team are absolutely committed to quality, reliability, and excellent work.
Beth Cree
Beth Cree
April 29, 2024
Clay and crew did an excellent job with the remodeling of my refrigerator space to make room for a new one. I'm very satisfied with the end result.
John Burns
John Burns
April 17, 2024
Palouse Remodeling and Handyman is a company you can trust. I have been in the apartment business 40 years and have never had such great honest service. They stuck with there bid, did more work than contracted, and did quality work. What more could one ask. 5 ***** Star. John E. Burns
A Kelleher
A Kelleher
December 18, 2023
Clay and his team did a phenomenal job on our kitchen remodel! We have an old double wide, and most want nothing to do with working on it! But Clay apparently likes a challenge! He was responsive, professional, diligent, and is attentive to even the smallest details! I highly recommend him and his crew!!
Minh Elan
Minh Elan
November 30, 2023
It was such a relief to work with Clay and his team after we had not been receiving callbacks from other contractors for so long. They did an array of projects for us so we no longer have to look at half-finished issues all over the house. Tiled up a hole in the shower left by a plumber, poured concrete to fill a hole in our basement, patched carpet/trim/wall where we had removed a built-in, etc. And gave us some quotes for future projects, which is really helpful. They run a tight ship and we would recommend them (and already have!). Extra props to Lewis who did most of our house and was very sweet with our large-ish dogs.
Tia Hain
Tia Hain
November 26, 2023
We have been working with Clay for years. He helped us so much with a fixer upper we bought. Helped to make it absolutely beautiful (and functional). From gutting and rebuilding 2 bathrooms, new siding, new back deck, putting in a sump pump, stabilizing and ancient garage, adding attic storage space, etc. The list goes on. He always gets back to us right away. Never leaves us hanging. On time and attentive. I cannot recommend Clay and Palouse Handyman enough.
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omfsholtzen
November 25, 2023
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Ryan Fereday
Ryan Fereday
November 24, 2023
Clay and his crew were knowledgeable about code requirements and recommended necessary rebuild of outdoor decking . Work was done in a timely manner and did a great job. Site was clean after project.
Sheryl Nelson
Sheryl Nelson
November 24, 2023
It took a long time to schedule but the work was excellent. The staff and the workers were professional and courteous.
Erick Kayioni
Erick Kayioni
November 23, 2023
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Pat Carter
Pat Carter
November 21, 2023
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