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Use Caution When Hiring a Contractor or Home Designer

It's not always easy to spot the most competent and professional contractors and designers on first impressions.  You should always follow a strict game plan when inviting someone into your home to provide a service. 

Ask a trusted source for a recommendation.  Consider asking your Realtor, a neighbor, or the Better Business Bureau.  Never accept an in home visit from unrequested solicitation at your front door, on the phone or via e-mail.  Make your first visit or inquiry on their premises so you can see how they operate.  Get references and follow up on those references focusing in on questions about completed work, cost and payments.  Insist on a contract that details working hours, materials used, due dates, payment schedules, and guarantees.

Hopefully this will help you to protect yourself when using these services.  Thanks for reading!

By Patrick Murray