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What to look for when selecting your
home contractor
Shannon K. Byrdsong
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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:

Tell tale signs your contractor is less than professional:

*After you make your decision, create an open dialogue with your contractor. In addition
to being a skilled tradesperson, manager and people person, you’ll want them to be a
great communicator and solutions provider. They should be able to demonstrate the
ability to think on the fly and give you the information you need to help move the project

Most importantly, don’t rely on the all-mighty handshake. Times have changed and
legally binding written contracts are an important part of a renovation to ensure both
parties are satisfied and accountable. Clearly map out what work will be done and what
steps should be taken if remediation is required. Also, have a clear start and finish date
in the contract with firm project milestones so that there are no surprises when the
project is “finished.” Save yourself the aggravation by taking into consideration the
information above and you’ll ensure the work is completed at a price you can afford.

Finally, keep in mind that the vast majority of contractors are honest hard working
individuals. However, as with all professions, there are always a few bad apples. As
cliché as it sounds, doing the extra work up front will help you avoid them.

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