Are you in need of some home renovations but do not have the time or experience to do it yourself? Hiring a contractor is often your best bet of knowing that the job will be done in a safe, timely and professional matter. The key to hiring a contractor who knows what he is doing is to do your homework. Ask any neighbours, friends or co-workers if they can recommend a contractor who has recently done some work for them. Get the contact information of as many contractors as you can and interview them one at a time by inviting them to your home. Ask as many questions as you can to get a feel for him. After all, this person might be in your house for a while and you’ll want to feel comfortable with him. Next you can ask him for references for past jobs and ask to see any current jobs that he is working on. This will allow you to see exactly what type of work he does. If his sub-contractors and past and present clients are happy with him, chances are that you will be too. Once you have decided on who to hire, make sure that he is licensed and that he is fully insured. Accidents on the job site can happen at any time. Make sure you have a contract with him clearly outlining the work to be done and the cost as well as any payment schedules. As many of us know, a renovation may start off as one price but then end up being another due to unexpected or additional work or even changing your selection of a finish. Going through a renovation in your home can be disturbing and stressful. To ensure a smooth and pleasant experience, invest some of your time and research any referred contractors. It can make all the difference in the world!