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Do You Have Contractor Common Sense?

Contractors can make your dream home a reality, or turn your repairs into a nightmare.

by MIKE HALL, Broker/Owner/Agent

The driveway needs repaved. Your basement needs finishing. Your trim needs painting.

When you own a home, the list of repairs and improvements can get pretty long. Tackling those along with a 40-hour work week just isn't in the cards. Weekends should be for fun and family, not just maintaining your home.

Enter, the handy contractor. He can solve your problems and make your life easier. Or, it could turn into a downhill slide of shoddy work. Consumer Reports listed five red flags that signal a contractor could be a con artist. I agree with their assessment, so here you go (courtesy of the May 2015 issue):

  1. He just happens to be in the area.
  2. The deal good only today.
  3. You have to pay up front.
  4. He lacks professionalism.
  5. You're told your safety is at risk.

My rule of thumb, check with me. I have great contractors I trust. Or check with the Better Business Bureau before signing anyone up to care for your home.

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