Step 1: Listen to your architect! Seriously!
…and if you don’t have one, find one and ask for a recommendation.
I recently did some permit drawings for a friend who is also a client. I also recommended a couple contractors that I trust, but he decided to go with someone else to save a few dollars. I don’t blame him, who doesn’t want save money, right? It’s his project therefor his choice.
Four weeks later his house is partially demolished and has not seen his contractor in three. We have both made several attempts to make contact but to no avail. As it currently stands my friend is out $5000 and is in contact with one of the contractors I originally recommended.
So, to find a reputable contractor in one easy step? Listen to your architect! Other than you there will be no one else more passionate about the outcome of your project. He or she has also invested a great deal of time and energy into building a trusting relationship with several contractors and can fit you with one that best fits your needs.
If your project is small and does not require an architect, find one in your area and ask for a recommendation. They will be happy to help you. I would.Image used with creative commons license