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Planning Spring Home Improvements? How to Find the Right Contractor

You’ve got a list of spring home improve- ments to do, a vision for getting them done, and you even have a budget. Now all you need is someone to do the work; it’s time to hire a contractor. Yet even the best-laid home improvement plans can go awry if you hire the wrong person or company to do the job. Even if this is your first home

improvement project, and your first time hiring a contractor, you’ve probably heard some horror stories: contractors who overcharge, underestimate the actual cost of a job, drag a project out weeks longer than it should take, or simply leave a job unfinished. While the major- ity of contractors are honest, you still need to check a contractor’s business license, and the busi- ness’s financial stability, before you hire anyone for your spring home improvement project. Fortunately, with a few simple

steps, you can help ensure you choose the right contractor for your job:

Find out about his finances Credit issues are common during difficult financial times. While the presence of issues concerning a contracting com- pany’s financial background doesn’t necessarily mean the owner is a bad person, credit problems could directly affect his ability to do a job. Contrac- tors with limited access to credit may be unable to buy the materi- als they need or hire the help

required to complete your project. Online resources like ContractorCheck.

com, by Experian, can help you check a contractor’s credentials. Experian maintains a database of more than 5 million contrac- tors and their businesses’ information, and allows you to view

this data, which includes critical informa- tion such as: * Company name, address and phone number

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