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How to Hire Plumbing Contractors

© Lisa F. Young – stock.adobe.com Plumbing contractors are trained professionals. They’re able to tackle complicated plumbing jobs beyond the capabilities of even the most enthusiastic DIYer. Hiring the right plumbing contractors involves: Reviewing qualifications Confirming insurance and licensing Comparing costs Interviewing prospective companies This guide outlines everything you need to know to hire a…

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How to Hire a Residential General Contractor

© BillionPhotos.com – stock.adobe.com Hiring a general contractor (GC) involves interviewing contractors, comparing quotes and verifying their permits, licenses and insurance plans. Residential contractors organize and execute larger remodeling projects, so it’s vital to find the right one. Use this article as a guide for helping you vet and hire the right professional for your…

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How to Find & Hire an Architect

Every state and territory in the United States has strict and specific requirements for architects. At a minimum, they must possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture and be licensed to practice in that state, as well as have a business license and liability insurance. When you learn how to hire an architect, the project usually…

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How to Find & Hire the Best Roofing Contractor

Roofing contractors don’t typically require formal education, but they need on-the-job experience to learn their trade. While each state has different licensing rules, most require a roofing contractor to have at least two years of experience before they can become licensed. These professionals also need liability insurance, to be bonded and to possess a business…

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How to Find and Hire a Handyman

Licensing for a handyman varies by state, but every professional should have, at minimum, a business license, a current background check, liability insurance and a surety bond. While many handymen are self-taught, others have undergone training at community colleges and trade and vocational schools or have worked under a licensed handyman or contractor. Before hiring…

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How to Hire a Gardener for Your Lawn and Garden

A high-quality gardener should be licensed in their state, have liability insurance, possess a surety bond and have a business license. Most states require a person to have at least three years of experience before they can work on their own as a gardener or landscaper, and other specialty licenses may be required for certain…

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Hiring a Professional Organizer for Your Home

Whether hiring a self-employed professional organizer or company specializing in organization, you’ll want to make sure they have a valid business license, liability insurance and a surety bond. A Certified Professional Organizer will have at least 1,500 hours of experience and brings more credibility to the job. Always make sure the pro you hire is…

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How to Hire an Interior Designer

While requirements vary by state, most high-quality interior designers have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design or a similar subject. They have passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam. They will also have a business license and liability insurance. When selecting an interior designer to work with, ask to see their…

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How to Find and Hire a Maid Service: Questions to Ask, Tips and More

April 5, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. While a housekeeper may not require a license to work, liability insurance and a surety bond are necessary. Whether hiring a self-employed housekeeper or a more extensive cleaning company, they should also have a current…

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