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How to Find & Hire the Right Deck Carpenter or Contractor

Reviewed by Bob Tschudi, Home Building and Remodeling Expert. Need a Deck Built? A new deck is a substantial investment and a very visible addition to your home and landscape. Planning the deck itself requires significant thought. That’s why you need to take time to find a builder with the experience and know-how to get…

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Benefits to Hiring Window Washers

July 22, 2021 Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PAWritten by HomeAdvisor. Benefits of Clean Windows Windows improve the look of your home, let in fresh air, and make your house more energy-efficient. This guide will explore the benefits of keeping your windows clean all year round….

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20 Easy Home Improvements for Beginners

Considering the fact that you spend so much of your life at home, you owe it to yourself to make sure you create environments you enjoy and that support your well-being. Through a strategic blend of DIY tactics and help from service pros, you’re bound to strike the perfect balance to accomplish your goals and…

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How to Hire Plumbing Contractors

© Lisa F. Young – 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

© – 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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