Q: Where would you suggest we look to find a fair, professional and reputable contractor and/or plumber to take on our proposed bathroom renovations?
A: This is a question I am often asked. So often, that when I wrote my book (“Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” Viking Studio) I included a chapter on “Finding your best contractor,” and here is an excerpt:
“Finding a good contractor is kind of like being a private eye looking for a missing person. Get in touch with the people that are most likely to give you the information you need.
“Contact the local building-supply houses, town inspectors and friends of yours who have had some remodeling work done recently to get recommendations you can trust. A good contractor — someone who pays bills on time to the supply house, has a good reputation with local inspectors, and is known to customers for doing quality work — builds a quality reputation across the board.
“Bottom line: Keep asking around your community, and you’ll find your missing person.”