Finding the right contractor for your renovation project is key to getting the results you want. The sooner you get someone involved, the more you can benefit from their knowledge and expertise. With a little legwork, you should have no trouble finding the person who is best suited for your project.

Get the names of renovator members of the Greater Windsor Home Builders' Association

Membership in an industry organization is a solid indication of professionalism. Association members have access to training and the latest information on all aspects of renovation, and they agree to the Association's Code of Ethics, which sets out a framework for fair and honest business practices.

Ask friends, family, co-workers and neighbours for recommendations

Also look around your neighbourhood for renovation projects underway and talk with the homeowners. Most people enjoy sharing their renovation experiences.

Visit home shows

This is a perfect opportunity to meet the professional renovators in your community, check out their displays and pick up company literature. Many local Home Builders' Associations also have a booth at home shows where you can get helpful information.

Visit the Windsor-Essex HOME SHOW website for more information

Ask suppliers and retailers of building materials, products and hardware.

Visit your local outlets and ask for the names of professional renovators that would be suitable for your project.

"Let your fingers do the walking".

Look in the Yellow Pages™ under renovations, renovation contractors, home improvement, home builders, building contractors, alteration contractors and construction for the names of contractors. Keep in mind that anyone can advertise in a phonebook. Look for ads that tell you a little about the company's expertise and check for logos that indicate the professionalism of the company, such as membership in the local Home Builders' Association. Make sure you investigate the renovator thoroughly before making any decisions about hiring.

Check local advertising

Look in your community newspaper for advertisements by established, reputable companies, and review flyers and other promotional materials that come to your door. Again, you need to be cautious and take your time to get to know anyone you find through advertising, before hiring them.

By the way...

If your renovation project is modest, you may think that the "top" renovators in your community are beyond your budget. This may not be the case. In reality, most companies work on a range of projects, from small- to large-scale renovations.

Above all, take your time.

Investing a little of your time upfront to find a renovator will be well worth it in the long run. When you begin with a list of professional renovators, the next steps are easy-interviewing, checking credentials and hiring the company that is right for your project.