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Contractor Tips 31 Ideabooks

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 hints and suggestions I've picked up from my years of working as a contractor and put into 10 remodeling guides. Here are links to them...
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...
What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel
The budget conversation — it’s sometimes awkward, often slightly uncomfortable and usually comes with a bit of anxiety. Because of the nature of construction, things often cost more than what homeowners think. There are endless debates on why that...
10 Things to Discuss With Your Contractor Before Work Starts
All of the selections are made, the contract is signed, and you’re ready to start your construction project. Not so fast! Before work begins, make sure you and your contractor are on the same page about how things will go....
What to Consider Before Starting Construction
So you and your designer have settled on a plan for your remodel or your custom new-build home. You can already envision gathering with family and friends to cook delicious meals in your new chef’s kitchen. Or even feel the warmth of your new steam...
Learn the Lingo of Construction Project Costs
When you buy a jug of milk or a loaf of bread, the price is clearly marked. Even products that have negotiable prices, like cars and properties, can at least be seen, touched and inspected before you buy them. But when you tackle...
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...
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