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Contractor Tips 37 Stories

The contractor-homeowner relationship can be complicated, but it's not hopeless — understanding the process can help you get the most out of your remodeling project. Take a look at...
The contractor-homeowner relationship can be complicated, but it's not hopeless — understanding the process can help you get the most out of your remodeling project. Take a look at...
Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don'ts
Whether you work with a general contractor or act as one on your own project, getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor can give you a new perspective into remodeling projects around your home. I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor,...
Contractor Tips: How to Shop for Your Remodel
Roughly half the costs of a remodel are for materials, so it pays to be mindful of potential pitfalls. If you're a DIYer, avoiding some minor and major mistakes can help you make the most of this significant investment. You probably already know it's...
What to Look for in a Contractor's Contract
A contractor without a contract is just a worker and his or her word. Even the most honest person would be hard-pressed to keep track of all the conversations that go into planning for the average construction project. That's where a good contract...
Contractor Tips: What Your Contractor Really Means
Contractors didn't become contractors because they love to communicate. If they did they would have become speechwriters or newscasters (or get a gig writing ideabooks for Houzz). Sometimes what they say seems completely obvious to them, but makes no...
Contractor Tips: 10 Home Areas That Likely Need a Pro
If you are working on a DIY remodel, deciding whether to call in a specialty contractor to perform a specific task comes down to several areas you'll need to consider: *Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, ...
Contractor Tips: 10 Hats Your General Contractor Wears
Unlike a specialized contractor, a general contractor (GC) oversees all onsite aspects of a construction project. Whether the GC, any employees or any subcontractors do the work, this is the person you call about everything. A good GC needs to know...
Contractor Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Remodel You Want for Less
Everyone knows remodeling is expensive, but it usually ends up becoming even more expensive than you thought. So, how can you get the house you want while sticking to a strict budget? Take some advice from this contractor — the tips below can help you...
Contractor Tips: 10 Ways to Remodel Greener
Let's get to the nitty-gritty of what it means to remodel green. Being green starts long before you think about where you want to put the tub, and the effects last into the future long after you're gone. Remodeling can be a wasteful process. The least...
Contractor Tips: 10 Remodel Surprises to Watch Out For
There's no crystal ball that can tell you what might go wrong on your home remodeling project, but you don't need to be able to see into the future to be prepared for an unwelcome surprise or two along the way. Adding a contingency fund that's 5 to 20...
Construction Contracts: How to Understand What You Are Buying
It’s always important to know what you’re buying. When you buy something at a store, you get the hands-on experience of seeing its size and how it looks, feels and works. You leave the store knowing exactly what you’ve bought. When...
Construction Contracts: What Are General Conditions?
Most people think payment to a general contractor for a remodeling project is broken down into four main categories: materials, installation labor, subcontractors and markup. But there’s a fifth category that may not immediately come to mind: general...
10 Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project
Remodeling or building a new home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision-making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you...
Protect Your House From Winter Water Damage
When cold weather approaches, it's time to give your home's exterior a once-over to make sure water won't find its way indoors. There are ways to spot the problem areas on your home's exterior before a drip from the ceiling or a flooded basement alerts...
Construction Contracts: What to Know About Estimates vs. Bids
When planning a home remodeling or new construction project, one of the first things homeowners usually want to know is how much the work will cost. Part of asking about cost is not just defining what the work will be but also knowing what form...
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