Title: Who's your next contractor? Word Count: 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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