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Monday, November 17, 2008

Hiring A Handyman

As the real estate market declines, many homeowners are considering remodeling their homes. The stress of hiring a contractor can be bad enough, without worrying about a possible criminal record, or sordid past. You have to be careful about who you let in your home. Whether it’s a landscaper, contractor, or electrician who you are hiring, each should be qualified and licensed through the state.

There are many qualified and honest contractors, but there are also many that are not licensed to do the work and can leave you with a hole in your pocket and a big mess to clean up. The state licensing division is not required to do a background check on applicants. It is up to you, the homeowner, to protect yourself.

Here are a few tips to consider when hiring a contractor:

1. Get at least three bids on any project you have going on.
2. Ask them to supply you with past customers you can contact to ask about their experience and how they like the work; don’t forget to ask if you can come view the work yourself.
3. You don’t always want to go with the cheapest bid. Ask friends and family members for recommendations. Check with the state to see if the contractor is licensed in their field, .
4. Make sure you ask any questions you may have. Is each contractor given a background check? Are their employees drug tested?
5. Do not pay in full. Give a small down payment and only pay more as the work progresses.

At Advanced Restoration we do a thorough check on all our sub contractors. We make sure they are licensed and properly insured to do the work. We care about the quality of our work and that it is done properly the first time. We also understand and abide by code regulations and standards.

At Advanced Restoration, our licensed contractors are skilled in home renovations as well as add-ons. We want the process of remodeling your home to be as painless as possible and we promise to do the work right and on time!

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