10 Tips for Working With a Contractor

Written by Debbie Rodgers

This isrepparttar year you're going all out. You're going to build a deck, add a porch, erect a gazebo or lay a patio. You've donerepparttar 100155 research. It's well within your capability and you're looking forward torepparttar 100156 satisfaction of creating a structure of beauty.

Or not. Yes -- you'd like to proceed with an outdoor structure but for you, it isn't a do-it-yourself project. How can you findrepparttar 100157 right person to do it for you? Here are 10 tips for hiring and working with a contractor. 1.Plan your project carefully. Clip pictures, make sketches, write a description. This will help you accurately convey torepparttar 100158 contractor what you wantrepparttar 100159 finished product to be. 2.Make a list of contractors. Ask your neighbors or friends forrepparttar 100160 names of reputable tradesmen. Contact material suppliers -- lumberyards, for example -- and ask for recommendations. 3.Get at least three written bids forrepparttar 100161 project, but don't give in torepparttar 100162 temptation to automatically acceptrepparttar 100163 lowest bid. A higher bid may be worthrepparttar 100164 price in better materials, workmanship and reliability. If you get a very low bid,repparttar 100165 contractor may have made a mistake or forgotten to bid on everything you wanted. If they have deliberately low-bid, they may use cheaper materials or take shortcuts to make a profit. 4.Many states and provinces require registration and/or licensing. Forrepparttar 100166 USA, www.nationalcontractors.com provides a starting point for your state and type of construction. Click on Verify Contractors License. If licences are required in your jurisdiction, be certain to ask to see your contractor's licences and be sure that it's not expired. 5.Ask for references and then check them out. Look atrepparttar 100167 projects and askrepparttar 100168 previous clients if they are satisfied withrepparttar 100169 quality of work done, if it was started and completed on schedule and if it is complete. 6.Get a signed, written contract and be sure you understand it. The Construction Contractors Board of Oregon claims thatrepparttar 100170 single biggest cause of homeowner-contractor disputes isrepparttar 100171 written contract: not having one, having a poor one, or having one everyone ignores. A good contract should include:

Homeowners: Kiss Your Keys Goodbye!

Written by Steph

I always like to hear about new ideas that really work well, are easy to implement, and not expensive. Here’s one that is so simple, you’ll wonder why more people don’t do it, that is install a digital door lock onrepparttar doors in your house. Hey, these work great on cars—why not houses?

A digital door lock is simply a fancy name for a pushbutton, combination, or keyless entry lock. With a digital door, you won’t have to risk your keys will be lost, stolen, or copied. There is no AC wiring or batteries, so you won't be locked out during power failures. And you’ll never have to pay a locksmith to change out your locks—you can do this yourself.

Digital door locks are available nowadays with a hacksaw-proof deadbolts for standard doors, sliding doors, cabinets, even outdoor gates & fences like around a pool or play area. You can even get locks with a keypad on both sides or with a spring, so door automatically locks each timerepparttar 100154 door is closed.

Most digital door locks have with easy-to-change codes and some even come with a key override option so that a master key can be used to openrepparttar 100155 lock as well asrepparttar 100156 combination.

Some models are big and clunky and look like they would do best in an industrial setting like a data center or lab, but others have really nice designs and finishes that go quite well in a home setting.

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