As many homeowners are thinking of staying in their current house, but making some changes to update,

here are some handy tips:

1. Get more than one bid - Be sure the Contractor is licensed, and beware of a "low bid".

2. Get everything in writing - verbal agreements may be forgotten or denied.

3. Make the contract SPECIFIC. Include the clean up after the project and special requests, like saving fixtures or lumber.

4. Keep a Copy of the Contract.

5. Put Change Orders in writing. As you add or change your mind about details, don't just talk about them.

6. Confirm financial terms - determine the down payment and when draws will be made. Be sure the contractor understands the terms.

 Hanne Sagalowsky / / 214-402-8200 / International Property Specialist

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