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  • 3 Useful Tips for Working With A Contractor

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    When you are working with a contractor on fixing up your home, there can be times where both of you won't be on the same page. You might think this is a major priority, while the contractor knows that it can wait. You might think that the contractor is ignoring you, when he's really trying to juggle three other projects. Here are some useful tips when communicating and establishing a working relationship with your home contractor.

    1. Know what you want
    This is critical. Too many people sign up with a contractor to have a certain job done, but in the middle of the job, they realize that they want something else. Maybe they wanted to expand a living room, for example, but later decide they'd rather devote some of the new space to an expanded kitchen. That's a big deal, and can wreak havoc in a contractor's plans, perhaps causing him to have to undo some of what he's done, or to spend more time than he'd budgeted on your home. It can also end up costing you a lot more than it would have if you'd been more sure of what you wanted at the outset.

    2. Expect messes, then work to minimize them
    Contractors often scratch their heads when they run across clients who are surprised that working on a house can be messy. ("How come there's so much dust?") If you're going to have work done on your house, take some time to find out from your contractor what you can expect, mess-wise, and how you should prepare the work areas. You'll save yourself from some unpleasant surprises and you can minimize the pain, too. For example, if a wall is going to be torn down, you can prepare for that by removing as many objects in the room as possible and covering as many things in that room and nearby rooms as you can. (Clouds of dust don't know to stop at thresholds.)

    You might also want to find out ahead of time about any safety issues. When certain kinds of work are done, there may be fumes or dust that's best to stay away from. If you have asthma, for instance (and even if you don't), you might want to sleep somewhere else for a few nights while some work is being finished.

    3. Don't assume the world revolves around you
    It's easy to forget that the world doesn't revolve around us, but trust me, when it comes to home repairs and renovations, you're probably not the only client in your contractor's life. Some contractors may be able to work only for one client at a time, but many will be juggling a few while they work for you. Part of the reason for this is that they may have promised to start work somewhere at a certain time, while work at another site has dragged on a bit longer than originally expected.

    Tips courtesy of The Motley Fool

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