KNOW CONTRACTORS

Physician's Money Digest, April30 2003, Volume 10, Issue 8

Other tips

Most of the problems that cropup between homeowners and home-improvementremodeling contractors come from miscommunication.Spell everything out and get it inwriting, the experts suggest, andmake sure that any changes to thecontract are also in writing, not verbal.: Always get referencesfrom others who have used the contractor,and eyeball the projects ifyou can. Never pay in full for a projectupfront, never pay cash, andnever make a final payment until thejob is done to your satisfaction. Forproject estimates and contractorsearches, visit www.contractor.comor www.diynet.com.