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Working with Contractors

There are going to be situations when you don’t have the time, inclination or skill to make a particular home repair or do some of the work you need done. We all hire someone to fix something in our house at some point, including me. Learn when to use and how to select and manage a home repair or maintenance contractor.
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  2. Home Improvement ROI (7)
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How to Check Out a Home Repair Contractor
This tutorial describes ten things to check on as recommended by ServiceMagic when picking a home repair contractor.

Getting Contractor Bids and Evaluating an Estimate
Valuable tips for getting bids from contractors including what scope of work items to make sure you include to make sure your bids are complete.

Types of Contractors
There are Subcontractors and General Contractors. The Repair and Maintenance subcontractor you will need is usually different than a General Contractor needed for a major renovation, addition or new home. Learn the important differences in types of contractors.

Deciding When to Use a Contractor
Making the decision to use a contractor is one that is often personal. It will come down evaluating 3 key decisions. Learn what you need to decide before hiring a contractor.

Managing the Project
Learn what you need to successfully manage your project. How to prevent extra costs. Things you need in your contract.

How To Select a Good Contractor
Review this useful checklist for success in selecting a great contractor. There are many things to consider besides price such as licensing, insurance, completeness of the bid and many other items. Learn how to make the right decision!

Find a Contractor, Estimate Material Quantity and Costs
Find contractors and estimate materials needed for your home repair projects and ballpark estimates for home repair and improvement projects such as flooring, windows, roofing, etc

Home Repair and Improvement Cost Calculator
Good free on-line home repair and improvement cost calculator for projects around the home. Estimate repair costs for bathrooms, kitchens and many other upgrades. Easy to use.

Remodeling Projects and Their Cost Versus Value at Resale
Remodeling Online magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value report for 18 popular home repair upgrades including windows and siding, along with upgrade projects such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Home Building Cost Estimating
On-line subscription based new home construction cost estimating software authored by About.com Home Repair Guide Bob Formisano, AIA.

Directory of Home Renovation and Construction Estimating Software
Directory of home remodeling and construction software.

Log Home Estimator
Free on-line log home cost calculator from Sierra Log Homes.

Dealing with Contractors
Learn about the different types of contractors and when to use one. Learn how to select a contrator, define and evaluate the bids, then manage the project.

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