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Of course, someone who is more experienced in their trade is always going to be more reliable. The measurement for an experienced contractor is usually about 5 years in business. Anyone with less experience should be researched with extra care.

Check references thoroughly, paying attention to how long ago the work was completed. A recommendation from the owner of a recent project can certainly be valuable in terms of the contractor's team, work ethic, and dynamic with the owner. But a long term reference really proves the durability and performance of the contractor's work.