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RE: Hiring The RIGHT Contractor

Ah, summer home improvement projects! How do you select the right person to help you get the job done?

Home projects can be as intimidating as they are rewarding. The first thing is to determine what kind of professionals you'll need for your particular project. Small jobs may only require trade specialists such as a plumbing contractor, while larger projects may necessitate architects, design-build companies, interior designers, or all of the above. Whatever help your remodel needs, selecting the companies or individuals that fit you and your project is important. Here are five ways to screen prospective contractors:

#1: Check their experience How long have they been in business? How much work have they done on projects similar to yours?

#2: Get references Call references and ask questions about quality of workmanship, communication and dependability.

#3: Check their credentials Most areas require that contractors be licensed and insured. A good contractor won't hesitate to provide such documentation.

#4: See their work Don’t only look at pictures but also consider visiting their recent and older projects to view the craftsmanship and durability of their work.

#5: Establish trust A contractor with a detailed, specific plan is important, but you should also feel in your "gut" that you can trust someone with a project of this magnitude. Being comfortable with your contractor is very important.

Hopefully these guidelines help you in your search for the right remodeling professionals. If you'd like references or other assistance, I would be happy to help! If I can be of service in any way, please do not hesitate to call me!



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