If you are planning to do some some remodeling projects to help your home sell or if you are doing some updates or expanding your home chances are you are looking for a contractor. Locating the right contractor for your project entails much more than just finding the lowest price. Below are some of the things you should look for when researching a contractor for your project. 

Make sure your contractor is properly licensed. Keep in mind that even though a contractor has a license it doesn't automatically mean they will do a great job. It does however provide some financial protection for you.the customer. 

Make sure your contractor is properly insured. In addition to being licenced it is vital that your contracor have proper insurance. Always ask your contractor for a copy of their proof of liability insurance and bonding or the name and number of his/her insurance agent to call and verify proof of coverage.

Ask for references and check them! Talk to other clients that this contractor has done work for in the past. Ask them if they were happy with the quality of work, was the work completed on time? Also be sure to inquire as to if the work was completed by the agreed-upon schedule? 

Get two or three different written bids. As with any large project or purchase it is a good idea to do your research and shop around. Different contractors can vary widely on pricing and level of detail even when bidding for the same job. 

When shopping around for a contractor try to resist the urge to automatically accept the lowest bid. Take into consideration that a higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship and reliability. Most importantly ask yourself the question, do you trust this person to work on your home? Do you feel comfortable with them around your children and your  valuables?  Create a checklist of all these above items when interviewing your choices to help you make a decision.