Dear Ed: Where would you suggest that we look to find a fair, professional and reputable contractor and/or plumber to take on our proposed bathroom renovations?

Kathy, New England

Dear Kathy: 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 include a chapter titled “Finding your best contractor,” and here is an excerpt from that chapter.

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 know 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.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write

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