Originally Posted by soupcxan
We moved to Houston and don't yet have a good network to find contractors via word of mouth but need some serious remodeling done on the house we bought. Of course Home Depot will organize this but I doubt they are the best value. Any suggestions on how to find good contractors in a new city? I've heard mixed things about Angie's List, is it worth it?
Ask your real estate agent. I've had good luck doing that. Best to get at least a couple of names and get quotes from at least 2 or 3 people. Also ask the company who did your home inspection when you bought the house. When we bought our most recent house, both of them gave us lists of people when we bought the house so that has given us several options.
We recently joined Angie's List as we moved to an area about 60 miles from our old house so we needed all new contractors. We needed to have some tree work done, looked on Angie's List and found someone nearby with high reviews. I also did Google research and found nothing negative, and checked the BBB. They came out and did the work and did a great job.
I do understand the reasons people don't like Angie's List but it isn't that expensive and does give at least some feedback. I would do both that and check with your realtor and home inspector.
Also go to the Gardenweb Home forum and go to the kitchen forum and ask for referrals in Houston. I know there are people there who are from the Houston area. You can also get a lot of very good ideas on kitchen remodeling from that forum.
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