1. Verify the Contractor is Licensed. Verify the contractor is licensed and has the correct license for your specific project by going to www.azroc.gov, and check to see if the contractor is in good standing and has any past complaints. 2. Three Bids. Ensure you don’t pay too much for the project by getting three bids for licensed contractors. 3. Get it in Writing. Obtain the bids in writing, and make sure they provide sufficient detail so the bids can be compared side by side. 4. References. Verify references of recent jobs from each bidder. These jobs should be for work similar to your planned project. 5. Subcontractor List. Obtain a list of all subcontractors that will be used on your project and make sure these contractors are also properly licensed. Next in Part 2: 5 More Musts.