So you have a home project you are concerned about tackling yourself? You are not alone here. Thousands of families have aging homes that are in need of a variety of upgrades or fixes and the homeowner is unsure how to approach the work. This is very common. Everyone has war stories of contractors who never showed up, were poor communicators, or simply did a bad job. This is, of course, not always the case, and often happens because the homeowner was not knowledgeable about how to deal with contractors to better insure a good outcome.

First, you must be certain the contractor is reputable. These days, with all the social media, it is very easy to assess the kind of work the contractor does by simply looking at reviews on-line. Take with a grain of salt any who have only one or two reviews, or who have all 5-star reviews unless you can determine if the reviews have enough detail to likely be legitimate.

Next be sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Most are, but it is good to be sure. Also talk to the contractor to try to get a feel if their personality and yours work together. You will know quickly if you can work with them or not.

The following pages will offer some detail on a variety of projects you might be thinking about undertaking, and some detail about each. Hope you find the information productive and valuable. Good luck with your project!