Who s your next contractor by NiceTime

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									Title:
Who's your next contractor?

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378

Summary:
Finding the right contractor for yo
ur home improvement project. Natura
lly the first advice is someone who
 has been recommended by a trusted
source. Relatives, friends or neigh
bors are a good starting point. It
is natural to assume that these ref
errals can be trusted however be su
re to check how long ago the work w
as done. The reason for this is tha
t over years there is turnover in a
 crew or the actual owner may have
done the work if he had just starte
d in the business.
Keywords:
local contractors, contractor adver
tising, contractor directory, contr
actor marketing, home improvement

Article Body:
Finding the right contractor for yo
ur home improvement project

Naturally the first advice is someo
ne who has been recommended by a tr
usted source. Relatives, friends or
 neighbors are a good starting poin
t. It is natural to assume that the
se referrals can be trusted however
 be sure to check how long ago the
work was done. The reason for this
is that over years there is turnove
r in a crew or the actual owner may
 have done the work if he had just
started in the business. Lastly, it
 is always helpful to check a local
 contractor advertising directory f
or any clues.

Outside your immediate circle there
 are many places you can find a con
tractor so don_t pick one source. C
heck the local pages, BBB, licensin
g databases in your state, contract
ors own references and finally like
 in most aspects of life the Intern
et offers information on local cont
ractors in your area via niche site
s. You can also check for websites
offering local contractor syndicati
on to deliver news straight to your
 desktop or RSS reader. Finally the
 FREE estimate, since it is FREE co
ntact at least three or four contra
ctors for estimates this will help
you in making an educated decision.
 If it were a smaller project proba
bly three would suffice.

The initial meeting

All meetings personal or business m
eeting rely on first impressions. Y
our instinct comes into play here i
f you don_t feel right about a cont
ractor then probably he_s not the r
ight choice for you. Allow at least
 for one hour per interview and ask
 as many questions as you can. Whe
n they leave, check if the contract
or has participated in any contract
or search marketing over the web in
 case the individual has any rating
s or reviews.

Questions you should come away with
 an answer after the initial meetin
g:

Is the contractor or salesman prese
ntable in appearance?
Is he the owner, if not does he sel
l for many different contractors?
Was he willing to discuss other jobs
 with you?
Did you feel any pressure to buy or
 sign on the proverbial dotted line
?

A good contractor will deliver more
 information than you need and in m
ost cases your husband or wife may
not be present and you will have to
 explain the information to them.

								
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