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Remodeling Your Home: Choosing The Contractor To Do The Job
Chances are, your home is your largest and most important financial asset. Choosing the right contractor can add long-term value to your home that will easily be recognized by both guests and potential homebuyers.
When choosing a contractor, it's important to consider:
How long they've been in business. Their willingness to supply you with references. Whether you can see samples of their work. Whether they will be using subcontractors. If so, who are they and what are their past experiences? Whether they have worked with your architect before. Their insurance coverage - if they don't have any, you could be held liable for any and all injuries that take place on the job. How many crews they operate and the number of jobs they take on in any given season. (Most good contractors are booked at least one year in advance. Keep this in mind when planning your renovation.) Before you start any project, get at least three written estimates. This will give you a better sense of the scope and size of your renovation and the appropriate cost.
Telltale signs your contractor is less than professional:
They only accept cash They expect full payment up front When digging around ... more
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