Hello, I'm new to this sight as well as home remodeling (a total novice actually). We have been living overseas for fourteen years and have always rented out our places in the States. We are finally moving back home and finally get to actually live in our house. I need advice about how to find a reliable general contractor in the area since we we've never lived in this house don't have friends/family in the area who could give us references. Also, ...once the renters move out we will only have four weeks or so before all our furniture arrives and we move in. Is is possible to do the following in that timeframe: Kitchen: new countertops,cabinet resurfacing,new floors and appliances Bathrooms: new fixtures,tubs,sinks,countertops,floors First level (approx. 1,000 sq. feet) carpet out and hardwood floor put in (or something like Pergo) It seems a bit complicated to do this from overseas...but I'd really like the house all finished before we move in. Any advice would be appreciated.