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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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How to Hire a Property Manager

Hiring a property manager or a property management company for a rental property you own isn’t an easy choice. You’re entrusting your property to a professional and you’ll want to know you’ve made the right choice. This guide covers everything from the differences between the management companies and sole proprietors, questions you should ask, what…

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How to Hire a Construction Project Manager

Hiring a Residential Construction Manager Hiring a construction manager takes a lot of the hassle out of building a home or completing a major remodel. Commercial projects use construction managers to oversee the day-to-day and logistical activities like coordinating material delivery, organizing laborers and more. Occasionally, they’re hired on to do projects for single-family homes….

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How to Find and Hire Painters (Plus 10 Questions You Should Always Ask)

How to Hire Painters & Questions to Ask If it’s your first time hiring a painter, this guide walks you through research, which questions to ask and what to expect at a site visit. Finding a good painter for your project only takes a little preparation. Check out HomeAdvisor’s directory of local painters when you’re…

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How to Find and Hire a Good Contractor

Hiring a reliable contractor is a great way to ensure that your home project goes well and turns out exactly how you want. There are several ways you can find a quality pro at an affordable price. From asking questions about insurance and experience, to paying with a credit card, here’s a look at how…

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Head Off Common Construction Problems

What are some common construction problems and how do I solve them? The most common problems that homeowners experience on remodeling projects are cost overruns, missed deadlines, and results that don’t match their expectations. And almost every time, such problems stem from miscommunication. One of the best ways to avoid construction headaches is to get…

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Should I Tip Contractors?

skynesher/E+ via Getty Images Tipping etiquette for contractors is a little confusing. Some pros expect a tip and others don’t. Even if you know whether or not you should offer a tip, how much do you give? Here’s a crash course in tipping etiquette for contractors, based on general national best practices. For a precise…

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