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Text Box: 1. Establish good two-way communication with the contractor. Itís essential to have good communication for a smooth remodeling project. Does the contractor listen? Does he or she answer questions clearly and candidly? Can you reach him when you need to? Does he return phone calls promptly? Does he let you know when problems arise and work with you on solving them? 
2. Make sure you have good compatibility with the contractor. Youíll spend a lot of time with your contractor so itís important to have a good rapport and trust in him.  
3. Set a clear and mutual understanding about the schedule. You and your contractor should agree on the schedule up front to avoid conflict and problems later in the project. 
4. Request a written proposal. Often times, two people remember the same conversation differently. Get the proposal in writing and work with the contractor to ensure it reflects all of your wishes. 
5. Determine a clear and mutual understanding on the miscellaneous details. There are a lot of little details that need to be settled before work starts. What times of day will they be working? How will he access the property? How will cleanup be handled? How will they protect your property?  
6. Remember to be flexible. Remodeling is an interruption of your normal life. Remember to be flexible during the project so that you can handle the unexpected and go with the flow. 
7. Create a clear and mutual understanding of how Change Orders will be handled. With remodeling there is always the chance you may want to change materials or other project details during the job. Agree with your contractor on how these changes will be handled before the start of work. Also understand that changes could affect the schedule and the budget, so itís important you have all changes in writing. 
8. Agree on a well-written contract that covers all the bases. The contract should include these elements: a timetable for the project, price and payment schedule, detailed specifications for all products and materials, permit information, procedures for handling change orders, lien releases, notice of your right under the Federal Trade Commissionís Cooling Off Rule (your right to cancel the contract within three days if it was signed someplace other than the contractorís place of business), and details on the important issues (such as access to your home, care of the home, cleanup and trash removal). 
9. Ask for a written Lien Waiver from the contractor upon completion of the work. If the contractor hires subcontractors for portions of the work it is their responsibility to see them compensated. In order to ensure this has been done and to protect yourself, ask for a written lien waiver when the work is finished. This document will verify everyone has been paid.  
10. Establish a project plan, covering all phases and dependencies
    in the work. Plan your big picture goals with the contractor and talk
       out your needs. Hire a contractor who will plan it out with you, listen to your
       concerns, and answer all of your questions.
         10 Helpful Tips To Consider When Starting a Remodeling Project.Billy BurksBillyBurks@charter.net

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