The 10 Most Important Rules of Choosing and Dealing With a Contractor

Written by Razmik "Raz" Vartanian

Building your dream home can quickly turn into a nightmare of unmet schedules, cost over runs, shabby workmanship and endless arguments.

I have been originating and closing construction loans for a good number of years now and I have experienced clients dumping contractors and even contractors dumping clients. By that time in most casesrepparttar job is running behind schedule and over budget. Choosing a new contractor at this stage is difficult and further delays are inevitable.

Spending a little more time and paying a little more attention torepparttar 100003 process of choosing your contractor can avoid all this.

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A good number of articles have been written onrepparttar 100009 subject, and you should try reading at least one or two well before making your choice of a contractor.

This article is based on my experience and personal observations. You may whish to writerepparttar 100010 main points down and add others that I have not covered and indeed add torepparttar 100011 list from your own experience of dealing with people. This way you will internalizerepparttar 100012 subject and become a naturally better judge of those you do business with.

Duringrepparttar 100013 processing of your construction loan, some information is collected fromrepparttar 100014 contractor but that should not stop you from your due diligence. Here is a list of items to check and to look out for:

1- If your state requires a state license, ask forrepparttar 100015 number. Don’t stop at that. Callrepparttar 100016 relevant state board and check onrepparttar 100017 license’s status. You don’t know who regulates contractors in your state? Ask Him/Her. And pay attention torepparttar 100018 reaction.

There is no need to be shy. A legitimate and honest businessman will have no problem providingrepparttar 100019 information. We are involved in a highly regulated business and we proudly providerepparttar 100020 relevant information along with phone numbers and links torepparttar 100021 state bodies on our About Us page.

2- Ask for references. Pay attention torepparttar 100022 reaction. Too quick a reaction and fast talk is probably a lie and a bluff. Too cautious a reaction is a sign of uncertainty. In any event writerepparttar 100023 names and numbers down and do call them. Go see them. Most people will actually welcome you simply to show off their achievement. 3- Are you building a home fromrepparttar 100024 ground up? Make surerepparttar 100025 contractor has built a complete project inrepparttar 100026 past. Experience counts; a ground up construction or a major remodel is a very different animal from room and bathroom additions.

4- Visit his/her place of business. Not all contractors have an office, but you need to make sure you are not dealing with fly-by-night operation.

The Wireless Home

Written by Mark Donovan

It was only a few years ago that Real Estate agents and Builders were promotingrepparttar “Wired” feature as a must have when buying a new home. Wired meant thatrepparttar 100002 home not only had cable running throughout it, but also Cat-5 wire. Cat-5 wire consists of four pairs of wire that are sheathed into one bundle, and is used for interconnecting multiple computers and computer peripherals throughoutrepparttar 100003 home. Electricians went to great length to run Cat-5 throughout new homes, and homebuyers paid a handsome premium for it. Nowrepparttar 100004 latest buzz fromrepparttar 100005 Computer and Networking world is, “Unwire Your Home”, asrepparttar 100006 Computer/Internet world rapidly moves to wireless interconnections.

Most ofrepparttar 100007 leading Personal Computer (PC) providers are major players in this paradigm shift. They are selling new technology from leading networking equipment companies that enable homeowners to wirelessly connect their Personal Computers to their Home Entertainment centers. Through a Wireless Media Adapter, connected via standard cables torepparttar 100008 Home Entertainment Center, and a Wireless Router connected torepparttar 100009 PC, homeowners can enjoy their digital photographs and MP3 music collection on their Televisions and play their MP3 music collection through their stereo system. Photographs and music stored onrepparttar 100010 PC are wirelessly transmitted anywhere withinrepparttar 100011 home to their Home Entertainment Center.

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