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Questions to Ask in a Remodel Contract

Structuring a remodeling contract should be the first step in the remodeling process. Rosie Romero runs through a list a questions that should be cov...

A Contractors Contract

Rosie Romero, host of Hiring a Home Contractor, gives advice on covering the finer details of your contract between you and your general contractor.

Home Remodeling Decisions

Determining your Equity in your home will determine how much to invest in your remodeling project. Rosie Romero, host of Hiring a Home Contractor, wa...

Researching your Remodeling Contractor

Rosie Romero stresses the importance of hiring the right general contractor for your remodeling project before selecting one.

Being your own General Contractor

Some advice on being your own general contractor and the reasons why it may be a good idea to hire a professional.

Simple Home Contracting

If interested in being your own general contractor, start small, here are some simple trade projects to start with before taking on an extensive remo...

Evaluating Remodeling Bids

Make sure to evaluate contractor's bids properly. Here are some tips to make sure consumers are comparing like bids to avoid conflicts down the road.

Items to Include in a Remodeling Contract

Once a consumer has selected a contractor, it's time to get everything in writing. Here are some important items to include in the remodeling or cont...

Home Energy Conservation Tips

Energy conservation tips to maximize the comfort in your home and save you money in the long run. Using proper attic insulation and ventilation, and ...

Choosing the Right Type of Window

Selecting the right type of window will save the consumer money and keep the home comfortable.

Reasons to Hire a General Contractor

Consumers may want to be their own general contractor for their remodeling project. Hear how an experienced contractor can save you time and money.

State Licensing Requirements for Contractors

Learn what to ask your licensing agency to make sure you know what your contractor is actually licensed for. A license doesn't always mean a contracto...

Remodeling Kitchens are a Good Investment

If you're debating what room in your house to remodel, hear what Rosie has to say about the return on investment for a kitchen remodel.

Evaluating a Contractors Insurance

Learn how to properly evaluate and verify a home contractor's insurance policy to avoid problems down the road.

Consumers Needing Lien Wavers

Learn why in every remodeling or building project, a consumer should protect their investment by acquiring lien wavers from their contractor.

Using a Lien Release

Learn what a lien release is and why consumers should require them from their home contractor to assure any payments for materials has been taken care...

Hidden source for quality referrals

Finding a reputable contractor can be a difficult task, so look to your local lumber yard for their suggestions.

Payment Schedules with your Home Contractor

Learn how to properly schedule payments with your home contractor in your written contract to avoid confusion down the road.

Using a Building Permit

What is a building permit, what does it look like, and why is it needed for your remodeling or building project needs.

Needing Building Permit

Learn why every building or remodeling project needs a permit, and how this can be a warning sign if your home contractor is requesting you not to get...

Steps to Qualifying a Home Contractor

Consumers should take these initial steps to qualify their potential home contractors no matter how small the project.

Questionable Remodeling Service Techniques

Consumers should be mindful of promotions that come knocking at their door. Take these initial steps to make sure the company is legitimate.

Placing Cable in your Walls

When doing a remodeling or new home construction, make sure to take advantage of the open walls and run as much cable as you can for the future.

Keeping Records of Remodeling Projects

Keeping good records throughout your remodeling projects is crucial, follow these helpful hints to help keep good records.

Warning Signs of a Bad Home Contractor

Learn the warning signs before your project goes bad due to a poor home contractor. Don't send good money after bad money, educate yourself to look f...

Checking the Quality of a Home Contractor

A phone call to the contractor is not enough. Rosie Romero encourages consumers to use these tips when checking a home contractors references.

Regulating Contractors in your Area

Find out who regulates home contractors in your area, and ask these questions when inquiring about what the requirements are, for a contractor's licen...

State Requirements for Licensed Home Contractors

Every US state has their own requirements for licensed home contractors and remodelers and proceed with the ones that meet all requirements.

Walk Through your Remodeling Project

Learn the reasons why a weekly walk through with your general contractor will save you time and money with any kind of home improvement project.

Picking Contractors from a Phone Book

Rosie Romero gives tips on finding a reputable contractor from the phone book.

Home Remodeling Highs and Lows

With the emotional highs and lows of a home remodeling project, make sure you have an experienced and trustworthy contractor to pull you through to co...

Home Remodeling For Couples

Some useful advice for couples on how to approach a remodeling project and avoid taking their frustrations out on each other.

Independent Home Inspector

A way to check your contractors work and give consumers reliable third party opinion is to hire an independent home inspector.

BBB Housepainters Ad

BBB Advertising Campaign, "Housepainters" Commercial. Find all sorts of reliable companies at

Home Building Inspection Expectations

What the consumer can expect to happen when their household is inspected. Features that will be evaluated by the home inspector.

Potential Home Settlement Problems

Potential problems that arise around entry access zones such as sidewalks and driveways.

Maintaining Household Decks

Decks are a high maintenance feature of a household and should be maintained regularly to avoid weathering or damage.

Keeping Household Decks Structurally Sound

Find out what you'll need to know about keeping a decks structure sturdy and stabilized.

Maintaining Household Windows

Helpful advice on ways to maintain satisfactory conditions for home interior windows.

Gap Width for Deck Uprights

Be properly informed on the recommended gap width for deck uprights.

Basement Moisture Intrusion

Find out how roof water contributes to basement moisture intrusion.

New Refrigerant for Air Conditioners

It is important that your new heat pump has the new more efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerant.

Pay your Home Contractor

A lien may be placed on your house if you do not pay a home contractor.

Heat Pump Company Maintenance

When the home owner is evaluating a heat pump contractor, it is important that they have a service and maintenance department.

Duct Work for Heat Pumps Extremely Important

Any heat pump manufacturer is only as good as the duct work that it is attached to.

Home Contractor Referrals

Ask friends and family for names of contractors they have used and call them to find out if they do the task you are looking for.

Assure Contractors are Licensed and Insured

When hiring a contractor for plumbing or heating make sure they are licensed for that specific trade and have liability insurance.

Getting Contractors Hourly Rate

When you get an estimate from a home contractor, get their hourly rate and also make sure there are no extra charges listed.

Home Repair Done Alone

When doing home repair yourself start by calling a professional and find out the scope of work that is required for your project.

Contractors Have Specific Licenses

In British Columbia they have licensing for contractors through the provincial government for some home repair work.

Selecting a Home Contractor

When hiring a home contractor, see how long they have been in business and if they have a portfolio to look at before hiring.

Home Repairs Done Solo

Is it better to hire a home contractor that is knowledgeable about specific repairs, or try and save money by doing the work yourself?

Home Remodeling Advice

There are many aspects that go into putting a home remodeling together. Magazines and home shows do not put entry level product on display so be caref...

Remodeling Inconveniences

The larger the renovation the more inconvenient it will be for the homeowner. Consider staying with family or a motel while the renovation takes place...

Selecting a Good Contractor

When selecting a contractor make sure to follow these steps from a professional.

Communicate With your Contractor

Make sure when selecting a contractor to do a remodel of new construction that you obtain all their contact information so that they are available at ...

Kitchen Stove Recommendations

Don't let a salesman talk you into purchasing a stove for your kitchen that you haven't experienced.

Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Louise Hasson provides tips on what your new kitchen should include so that it is most convenient when cooking.

Staging a Bathroom

Staging your bathroom is a very important part of selling your home. One tip is to make sure it is sparkling clean, free from personal items like sham...

Staging a Bedroom

Linens are very important when staging a bedroom. Keep the furniture simple, no large objects like dressers.

Consulting with a Home Stager

Consultation is professional advice from a Stager and is very advantageous when selling your home.

Cost of Home Staging

The cost of staging a home can vary depending on the size of the home, number of rooms and accessibility.

Curb Appeal of your home

A lot of home buyers will drive by your house and the curb appeal of your home and yard will get them to stop and check it out.

Making a good first impression when selling your home

You do not get a second chance to make a first impression when selling your home.

How to choose a Home Stager

When deciding on a home stager, how you connect with a them and how comfortable you are when they are staging your home is a good indicator.

Staging your kitchen

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms you need to pay attention to when selling your home.

Staged homes online

A lot of home buyers go online first before deciding which homes they want to look at.

Problems with Dirt Pumping

Dirt pumping is a soil condition that can be unstable when you need to pour a concrete slab or foundation. Make sure your contractor uses quality fill...

Bids for Excavation work

Make sure to get several bids when hiring someone to do excavation work for your home or business. Some bids leave out items such as backfill material

13 Tips in Choosing an Alarm System

When choosing an alarm system there are 13 points that you should consider such as getting references from alarm companies.

Use A Qualified Alarm Installing Company

Often consumers find alarm systems on the internet but do not how to properly install it. You should always use a qualified installer to put in your s...

Commercial and Residential Fire Alarms

The Fire Department is a good source to use when choosing and installing a commercial fire alarm system.

Police Responding to a False Alarm

If a false alarm occurs it is important to be communicating not only with the police department but with your alarm company as well.

Solar Hot Water

Solar energy experts talk about the benefits of solar hot water systems for your home.

Preparing for Solar Power

Solar energy expert and solar energy user discuss how to prepare for installation of solar energy equipment.

Choosing a Solar Contractor

Solar installation expert talks about what to look for in your solar contractor

When to Install Flooring

Flooring professionals talk about when to install, or re-install flooring.

Hiring a Floor Contractor

Flooring experts talk about what to look for in a floor contractor.

Do It Yourself Flooring

Flooring experts talk about the do it yourself flooring options

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Flooring professionals talk about the benefits of hardwood flooring.

BBBs 7 Tips For Hiring A Contractor

If you're thinking about improving your home or making repairs, the BBB has seven tips to help you find a reliable contractor.

Red Flags Insulation Contractors

Red flags to look out for while looking to hire an insulation contractor.

Choosing An Insulation Contractor

What to ask while looking for an insulation contractor

Insulation Vapor Barrier

Professional insulation contractor talks about the importance of Vapor Barrier, and how it should be installed.

How to Find a Roofing Contractor

Roofing specialist talks about questions to ask your roofers and what qualifications you should look for before hiring a roofing contractor.

Importance of Restoration Contractors

Restoration Contractor talks about the differences between general contractors and restoration contractors.

Technology of Restoration Services

Fire and water restoration specialists talks about the technological advances of the industry.

BBBs Tips for Picking a Pool Contractor

It pays to do some research before you hire a contractor to build or renovate a pool. Here are some tips from the BBB.

Cost of Cabinetry

Cabinet expert talks about the different types of wood used in cabinetry. And how to save money while selecting cabinetry.

Alternatives to New Cabinets

Cabinet expert talks about how to save money while selecting cabinets, and alternatives to purchasing new cabinets.

How to Find a Reliable Contractor

Steve Fowler, a plumbing contractor, talks about the different ways to find a reliable contractor.