How to Deal With Contractors

Written by John Mussi

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Talk with some ofrepparttar contractor's former customers and ask:

Can I visit your home to seerepparttar 137498 completed job?

Were you satisfied withrepparttar 137499 project?

Was it completed on time? Did workers show up on time?

Did they clean up after finishingrepparttar 137500 job?

Would you recommendrepparttar 137501 contractor? Would you userepparttar 137502 contractor again?

You should not start any project without having a contact in place. A contract spells out the, who, what, where, when and cost of your project. The agreement should be clear, concise and complete. Before you sign a contract, make sure it contains:

The contractor's name, address, phone nubmer

The payment schedule forrepparttar 137503 contractor

An estimated start and completion date

How change orders will be handled

A detailed list of all materials

Warranties covering materials and workmanship

Whatrepparttar 137504 contractor will and will not do

Keep all paperwork related to your project in one place. This includes copies ofrepparttar 137505 contract, change orders and correspondence with your home improvement professionals. You also might want to take photographs asrepparttar 137506 job progresses. These records are especially important if you have problems with your project — during or after construction.

Before you sign off and makerepparttar 137507 final payment check that:

All work meetsrepparttar 137508 standards spelled out inrepparttar 137509 contract. You have written warranties for materials and workmanship.

The job site has been cleaned up and cleared of excess materials, tools and equipment.

You have inspected and approvedrepparttar 137510 completed work.

You may freely reprint this article providedrepparttar 137511 author's biography remains intact:

John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help UK homeowners find the best available loans via the website.

How I got a Robot to Vacuum the House

Written by By Donald Grummett

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These little whirling dervishes ofrepparttar vacuum world can even deal with obstacles such as stairs, thresholds, and transitions between different flooring materials. When it encountersrepparttar 137497 top of a staircase it will come right torepparttar 137498 edge, stop for a few seconds, make a reverse turn, and go off in another direction.

Since purchasing a robot vacuum cleaner I have gone from vacuuming once a week to every couple of days. The results ofrepparttar 137499 increased cleaning frequency are quite visible. This little machine has putrepparttar 137500 shine back into my carpets.

The only disadvantages I have found are minor. For instance, repparttar 137501 dust storage bin is small. The bin should be emptied after every few uses to prevent it from becoming full. Also repparttar 137502 power brush can become clogged with small bits of debris. This is easily corrected though by disassemblingrepparttar 137503 brush and cleaningrepparttar 137504 bristles. Roomba even provides a special comb for this job. It works quite well.

So, if like me you haterepparttar 137505 thought of getting outrepparttar 137506 vacuum and pushing it aroundrepparttar 137507 room, then consider a robot vacuum cleaner to help you with this chore.

Ladies, do you know statistics show that 85% of household chores are done by women. So, if you ever want to get a man to “do” (initiate may be a better term)repparttar 137508 vacuuming then perhaps consider introducing him to a robot vacuum cleaner. The first few times I used mine I sat for hours watching it operate. I was utterly fascinated by how it traversedrepparttar 137509 labyrinth of my main floor living areas. Torepparttar 137510 extent that I could hardly wait for it to recharge so that I could start it up again.

Here is an interesting idea. Since all men like gadgets, “ Why not get Dad one for fathers day ”. That way he won’t have any excuse for not being involved withrepparttar 137511 vacuuming. Besides, It will pay him back forrepparttar 137512 toaster he got you for your birthday last year.

* Electrolux is a registered trademarks of AB Electrolux of Sweden * Roomba is a registered trademark of iRobot

Copyright 2005 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Service manager of MG Appliance Repair Services in Ottawa, Canada. In the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. For more information about appliances including FAQ, Stain guide, Recycling, and Newsletter visit

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