Hiring a Contractor for Home Repairs

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Home Maintenance and Repair

Homeownership comes with a substantial degree of responsibility—not only the responsibility of paying for this considerable investment, but that of keeping it in working order. Much like your car, your home will come with its own specific set of needs and peculiarities. The Web sites we recommend in this guide can help you keep your home running properly and teach you how to fix some of the glitches that may turn up from time to time.

Necessary Home Repairs and Maintenance

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Do-It-Yourself Home Repair

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Hiring a Contractor for Home Repairs

Whether you’re too busy or lack the skills required to complete a home repair yourself, you want to make sure you’re employing the best people possible who will get the job done right. Use the Web sites in this section to learn what you need to know about finding and hiring a contractor.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • When you’re looking up contractors online, it’s a good idea to check any professional you find against the records of the Better Business Bureau Web site, which displays any complaints consumers have made against a company or individual.
  • Different states have different licensing requirements for contractors. To see what is required of a contractor in your state, and to find a licensed contractor where you live, go to the Contractor’s License Reference Site.
  • Word of mouth referrals are another good way to go when you’re thinking about hiring a contractor. Once you’ve received a few recommendations from your friends or acquaintances, check for those contractors online to see if they have a Web site (preferably with photos of work they’ve done).
  • If you’re not sure what contractors are available where you live, try typing “home maintenance companies” and your city name into your favorite search engine.

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