You’ve launched a Google search for a home remodeling contractor and found roughly…. nine thousand companies and professionals within your relative service area. Congratulations. At least that leg of the journey is behind you. And still, there’s that nagging question tugging at the back of your mind: “How do I choose the right contractor?”

After all, not all remodeling and renovation professionals are created equal – and you’re aiming (or should be aiming) for the best the industry has to offer; an expert in their field who will deliver your project on time and within budget, while using quality materials that will withstand the test of time.

Here are three quick tips to find and hire the contractor of your dream… home.

Step 1: Insist on experience: Professional contractors cannot build a storied career, let alone an in-law suite, without decades spent bolstering their bona fides. Those contractors who have worked in the business for decades, if not longer, have earned credibility, at the very least. Yes, there are Jacks-of-all-trades out in the ether who can install a backsplash in the kitchen or toss up some drywall lickety-split. But it can be hard to tell the difference between up-and-comers and fly-by-night operations. Is it worth risking your home? Experienced contractors will be thoroughly bonded and insured, not to mention licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. This goes a long way toward giving you peace of mind and your residence some added insurance.

Step 2: Don’t skimp. Yes, it can be incredibly challenging not to snag the lowest bid for your home remodel. But short-changing your project before the work has even started is a direct path to disappointment. Instead, map out your goals and seek a contractor whose reputation aligns naturally. Remember: a professional will never pressure you into signing a contract and will give you plenty of time and space to make your decision.

Step 3: Get the good word (or two): The best-of-the-best don’t get that way without someone singing their praises. Do your due diligence. Read testimonials, seek out referrals from friends and family, and ask prospects to provide you with the names of satisfied customers and/or case studies outlining their previous successes.

If you’re looking for experience and transparent, honest collaboration, look no further than Cossentino & Sons. Our family-owned and operated business has the experience you’re looking for when remodeling or renovating your home. For more than 30 years, we’ve been making our clients’ dreams a reality with luxury kitchen remodels, second-story additions, and so much more. Our crew takes great pride in exceeding standards as we reimagine homes. Still asking yourself “How do I choose the right contractor?” Get started by calling (410) 442-0000.