There are a number of ways people find architects, designers and contractors for home remodel projects.

Personal Referrals

  • The most common, and safest way to find good candidates is by talking to people you know that have done a remodeling project. If you personally know someone that worked with a contractor/designer/architect they would enthusiastically recommend, definitely start there.
  • Another way to find referrals is to talk to your real estate agent. They often know of professionals their other clients have used.
  • Ask your neighbors. The people who live close to you might have some excellent contacts for local professionals. If your neighborhood has an email list serve or if the service Nextdoor is popular in your neighborhood, this can be a good place to post a request for recommendations from your neighbors.


If you don’t know of anyone that has a professional they can recommend, the next step is to search online. There are a number of websites with reviews of architects, designers, and contractors.
Some of the more popular sources for reviews are:

3rd Party Referrals

If you are looking for a matching service, there are a number of websites that will take your information and provide referrals for contractors in your area.

Once you have found a few architects/contractors to consider, learn about what factors to consider in the selection process.