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Angie's List: Interviewing Your Contractor

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Undated (WXOW) – Are you looking at updating your home?  If so, Angie's list suggest interviewing the contractor before they are hired.  Meet all potential contractors face-to-face and prepare a list of questions to ask every contractor you interview specific to your project.  

"When interviewing your contractor you want to use some of the same skills you might use when interviewing someone for a job at work, said Angie Hicks, Angie's List.  "You want to ask open-ended questions because you'll learn a lot more about how they'll handle situations. One of my favorite questions is to ask them about a job that didn't go right and how they fixed it."

Hicks adds that it's important to ask questions that go beyond the basics of the project. Make sure you have a good rapport with the contractor. That can make communicating easier, especially when it comes to changes or problems in the middle of the job.

There's a lot riding on any home improvement project, including time and money, so never hire someone you don't feel comfortable with. Always treat hiring like building a relationship rather than just carrying out a transaction. It'll put you more at ease with any decision you make regarding your home.

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