Sometimes it can become daunting when you are trying to find the right contractor. How do you know that they will do the job right without taking you for a ride? The truth is that sometimes you don't. But if you let your designer refer the contractor to you then you have a far better chance of getting the right contractor. Why? Because, designers do not refer contractors that they themselves would not hire. I say to all my clients that the contractors I work with are licensed, bonded, insured and I can vouch for their quality of work.
Specifically for me I pick and choose the contractors I refer based on the size and location of the project. Some contractors I work with are great at big jobs and some are better at smaller jobs. Some contractors work only in certain areas and not others. Also, a designers reputation in on the line when referring anyone to you. Now what if you don't need a designer but need a contractor? Then simply call any local designer and ask nicely if he/she has any contractors they can refer. Even if you don't intend to hire that designer, he/she will still give you qualified leads. This video explains more in detail.