Unless you got a strong referral from someone you respect, be sure to thoroughly check references on architects and contractors before selecting them for your remodel.

The following are some good questions to ask when checking references.
Download reference check questions

  • What type of work did ___ do for you? What was the scope of the project?
  • When did this project take place? How long ago?
  • How did it turn out?
  • How was your experience in working with ___?
  • What did you like the most in working with him/her?
  • What did you like the least?
  • Did your project get completed on time? If not, why?
  • Did your project costs go over budget? If so, by what percent and why?
  • How well did ____ communicate with you?
  • What frustrations did you have along the way?
  • If there were one thing you wish was done differently, what would it be?
  • Were there any items that needed to be changed or fixed after the project was complete? If so, how was the follow up?
  • If I decide to use this contractor, do you have any advice for me?
  • Overall, would you recommend him/her?