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This is especially valuable to your decision-making process. It's important that you not feel timid about requesting this list, and moreover, that you actually research the references. Take the time to call several of them and even schedule a visit to their property if possible.

Be sure you're not just researching recent references, but also homeowners whose work was completed at least 3 years ago. This will help you to guage both the contractor's work ethic and the type of relationship he builds with his homeowners, as well as the quality and durability of his work.

The time spent on ensuring that you're making the right contractor choice will pay off in the value of quality, long-lasting work.