There are numerous reasons to think carefully when hiring a contractor. Liability issues. Reliability. True knowledge of a craft. Real value versus initial cost. Proper tax filing and employment policies.
This morning's Times-Picayune points out another reason: 60% of New Orleans homes and yards have dangerous levels of lead. Link. When you prepare to remodel or repair your home, be sure to ask your contractor whether she has been certified by the EPA to protect your family and your neighbors from the dangers of lead poisoning.
Learn more at the EPA's web site for the Renovation, Repair, and Painting law : Link.
By the way, it is a federal law that your contractors follow these regulations. Add it to the list of laws being skirted or broken by that cheap guy with a pickup and a couple tools. Please, think carefully when hiring a contractor.