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Choosing a Home Improvement Contractor

Choosing the right home improvement contractor can be a daunting task. It is important to choose a contractor that has the knowledge and experience to do the job correctly. In order to do this, you need to have your home remodeling plans clearly defined before researching contractors. In order to get an estimate, you will need to present a clear plan to the contractor with all the remodeling work that you desire on a list. Be sure to include the specific materials that you want used as well. For example, a new kitchen floor is very vague. Carpeting, wood, and ceramic tile vary widely in both cost and the time they require to install.

Educate yourself on all aspects of your desired the project and the expertise required to complete the job. Learn about the materials used and the common methods of installation of flooring, cabinets, whatever your project calls for. You will have a clearer understanding of each estimate that you receive.

Next, find at least three contractors to receive estimates from. Family and friends recommendations are the best place to start. If you need to, try the yellow pages or the internet. Explain to each contractor what work you want to have done and what materials that you want used. Be sure each contractor is given the exact same information. The estimates that you receive should always be in writing. Each estimate should also include an estimated time frame for when the project should be completed.

Next, you will need to check to see if your state requires contractors to be licensed, if so, verify that each contractor is licensed to work in your area. Contractors should be able to provide proof of Workers Compensation and general insurance. These policies are designed to protect you and your property from potential legal problems in the event of an accident.

Alice Leroy
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