Have a clear idea of what you want. Maybe you're looking to double the size and change the footprint of a dated kitchen, or perhaps you want to convert your attic into a guest suite. Think through the scope of the project you have in mind and create a Houzz ideabook or cull other design resources for inspiration. Don't worry too much about whether every detail is feasible; your remodeler will help you brainstorm alternatives if it isn't.Interview the candidates on your short list. Not only should you confirm that they have experience with the type of project you have in mind, but you'll also want to be sure that you have a good rapport and communicate well. Ask detailed questions about job history, professional training and affiliations, licensing requirements and insurance, and get the names of a few references. If lead paint is a concern in your home, you may also need to confirm that the remodeler is lead-safe certified under EPA guidelines. Visit an in-progress job site. Ask to drop by one of the remodeler's current job sites. This can give you a sneak peek at what your experience might be like. Is the site clean and well maintained, and does work appear to be progressing in an orderly fashion? Look closely at the quality of the construction and the attention to detail as well.