It is almost invariably the dream of every homeowner (well, Miss, Ms. Or Mrs. Homeowner, anyway) to be able to remodel at least one room at least once during the time that the home is occupied by that particular person or family. When that dream does become a reality, then the fun begins.
If the homeowner decides right away that this is NOT going to be a do-it-yourself project, it is important that the services of legal, ethical, trustworthy home remodeling contractor be engaged. A look through the contractor directory on HandyAmerican.com or asking friends and family for a list of referrals is a good place to start.
Home remodeling usually involves additions or changes to the STRUCTURE of the dwelling, not just changing the look of a room. For this reason, home remodeling companies should have at least one or two professionals on staff, to supervise the other employees. And, someone should be able to read and interpret blueprints.
The employees should be known to the supervisor or foreman of the remodeling company, and not just day laborers that were picked up from the local home improvement store. All employees should be legal , that is have proper documentation stating that they can work in the United States. The homeowner should not hesitate to ask to see that information.
The remodeling contractor selected should use only top-quality materials for the project, no seconds or rejects , even if it means a savings . (Most likely, the material will not last, necessitating that the work will have to be done again sooner than it should have.)
The remodelers should give as firm a price as possible BEFORE commencing work. While problems do sometimes arise, which may entail a little extra expense, there should not be that many once the project is begun and well underway.
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