An honest contractor won’t pressure you to sign contract out of the home. There is a possibility to return your entire deposit in some areas like Ontario within Canada, provided you sign it in your residence.
The contract should be very specific. The contract must include detailed plans for work, all materials required, area to be renovated cost of labor, permits and permit. Read the contract before signing. The contract can be amended or removed specifics prior to signing. If the contractor is unwilling to amend the contract you can tear the contract up and leave.
One of the only references you’ll need to check is the location where the contractor is currently working right now. Go check that job out and speak to the homeowner. Check out the work site and be sure that it’s spotless. If a company won’t offer a referral to the latest job opening then find a new one. qsfegvlyye.