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Get three quotes that compare apples to apples and remember to ask yourself what is more important:  good work or cheap work?  They are mutually exclusive results. Good and inexpensive is possible, but good and cheap is not. Get a list of references from each contractor and then make the calls.  Always check the references. Whatever length of time the contractor tells you it will take to accomplish the job, assume it will take longer.  The contractor will give you a timeframe based on ideal conditions.  Ideal never happens in the real world.  Be realistic.  There are always unanticipated problems involved in doing a project. They simply cannot be avoided.  The key is how the contractor resolves those unexpected glitches.  Lastly, listen to your intuition.  If you have a bad feeling about someone, there is usually a good reason for it. If you can’t figure out the reason, go with the gut. It will rarely let you down.

Hiring the right contractor involves a reasonable amount of research, a sound, standardized interview of each prospect, and an agreement between your mind and your gut. Cover those bases and you’ll find a contractor that can deliver the quality you need, at a price you can afford, and employs business practices that don’t leave you high and dry. – Alexander Interiors, McLean, VA

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