Q: Where would you suggest that we look to find a fair, professional and reputable contractor and/or plumber to take on our proposed bathroom renovations?
Kathy, New England
A: This is a question I am often asked. So often, that when I wrote my book (Ed Del Grande’s House Call, Viking Studio), I included a chapter titled “Finding your best contractor.” Here is an excerpt from that chapter.
“Finding a good contractor is kind of like being a private eye looking for a missing person. Get in touch with the people that are most likely to give you the information you need. Contact the local building-supply houses, town inspectors and friends of yours who have had some remodeling work done recently to get recommendations you can trust. A good contractor — someone who pays bills on time to the supply house, has a good reputation with local inspectors, and is known to customers for doing quality work — builds a quality reputation across the board.”
Bottom line: Keep asking around your community and you’ll find your missing person.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.