The toughest part of renovating a home is finding the right contractor for the job. Finding the best one for your home, the professional that delivers quality work on time and on budget, takes serious legwork and screening on your part. Most home renovation nightmares can be prevented with the right contractor vetting.

Here are a few tips for finding the right person for the job.

Trust Your Gut

You know that feeling you have when something just isn’t right? Now is the time to tap into it and trust it. If anything at all alarms you, take note. From a handshake to a phone conversation, move on if you sense something you don’t like.

Only Work With Licensed, Bonded, and Insured Contractors

Having a license and insurance means a contractor is professional and knowledgeable. The license indicates contractors are familiar with building codes and processes.

Review Work Samples

It’s always a good idea to see a portfolio of a contractor’s past projects. This let’s you see what he or she is capable of and may give you ideas for your own project. You need to see the quality of their work before deciding if they are right for you. If a contractor doesn’t have a portfolio to share, it’s not a good sign.