The four most important things to consider when selecting a contractor are:

• that the contractor has the knowledge and skill to do the specific work to your quality standards,

• that you feel that you can trust the contractor, as well as the subcontractors and workers s/he will hire, to be in your home, to be around your family, and to complete the job to your standards,

• that you are confident the contractor will finish the job on schedule, on budget and to the standards of workmanship you have specified, and

• that you are comfortable that you can communicate clearly with the contractor about your needs, your expectations, and any problems that might arise during the project.