There are a few things to consider when you begin to look for a contractor. Make a list of questions to ask and exactly what you want in the remodeling project. When you know what you're looking for, it will be easier to choose someone from a potential long list of home renovation contractors.
Know exactly what you are looking for in the project. You don't want someone coming in the home who will do random work just to get more money out of you. Think about the way you want the area to look after the work is completed and if there are any special amenities that you want included. One option is to hire a design consultant to give you ideas about how the renovation can look once it's completed.
Don't settle for the first contractor that you speak with. Interview several contractors before choosing the one who will give you the best price and who will provide the best work. Check references in order to see how previous work has been completed. Some companies will lower their price if they find out you are talking to another company, so be up front about meeting with potential contractors.
It's alright to do a background check. Find out if the contractor is licensed and how long the contractor has been in business. One thing you should check on is if the contractor has insurance. This will help if there are any repairs that need to be made due to any damages that the contractor may have made. Look at the contract, and know what you will be paying for so that there aren't any surprises when the job is done. There should be dates on the contract of when the job will start and when it is expected to be completed. After you examine the details of the company and what is offered, it will make it easier to make a final decision on who to hire.