Choosing the right contractor can be a daunting task at first, however once a good contractor is found the following results from projects performed can be both easy and lucrative for all parties. There are multiple variables involved in choosing the right contractor. It is not all about ability. Other considerations should include temperament, completions speeds, experience, and overall knowledge of contracted projects.
The first and most crucial step to choosing the right contractor is to educate yourself on the project at hand. This ensures that you are able to relay the correct information to the subcontractor regarding your project. Misinformation can lead to project delays, and overall unhappiness from both you and the end client.
Once you have chosen the right contractor that has the experience to perform the job, continue the research process. Its easy to choose a knowledgeable contractor and sign on the dotted line immediately. The best source available is online references and past experiences. Reviews can tell a lot about a company, but can also pinpoint an individual and how they operate. Multiple bad reviews can be very telling. This is not to deter you from using someone but should be considered when choosing a contractor to perform work on your project.
A second way to vet a contractor is to ask as many questions pertaining to the job specifics. This will tell you during discussion if this individual, or company, is an adequate representation of your goal and client needs. By asking numerous job specific questions you can also weed out those who may know some about the job specifics, but not all.
Remember, cheap does not always mean profitable. If a contractor is not knowledgeable, or does not show good project management skills then these are immediate flags that should not be ignored. The more preparation into a contractor choice can save a project before it begins.