How to Choose the Best Local Contractor for You

Aug 20
2011

remodeling contractorRemodeling your home is not an easy job. You have to plan very carefully every part of it.  When it is a big project it is  almost impossible to organize everything.  Fortunately there is a contractor for everything you’ll need and it is great relief to know that. You can even hire a general contractor who will  manage the whole process. From the planning and performance till the cleaning after the job was finished.

But for excellent results you’ll need a reliable contractor who can count on. It is not enough just to call some local 411 service and hire the closest or the cheapest one. This is a person who you’ll invite into your home and assign him a project, which is very important.

Here are some “Headache” saving tips from me.

  • Check the Insurance and Licenses

First you have to check that the remodeling contractor
you choose is bonded, licensed, and insured. Your contractors should be able to  provide copies of their licenses, and you could check these licenses with  the proper state agencies.

Note:”Proper licensing and insurance doesn’t guarantee that your project
will be completed to your satisfaction, but it’s important part”

  • Quick  E-research

This is really effective way to find out what actually people think about the chosen contractor. Because on paper everything  could be fine but actually – not exactly. You could just write in google “Company Name complaints” and you’ll see all of the unhappy customers. Websites like rip off report are made exactly for this kind of clients.
Note: “Be aware that some of the complaints could be written by the competitors”

  • Ask your neighbors

This is one excellent way to choose easily and fast. who made a remodeling soon and ask them about their contractors. Were they happy with them? Had they any problems? Were there any delays?
Note: “It doesn’t mean that when your neighbor likes this contractor, you’ll like him too. That’s why the personal meeting is very important.”

  • Personal Meeting

At the end do not forget to meet your contractor personal before you hire him.  It’s important to be sure that he sees the project in your way. Every single person has a different personality, It would be easier to work with somebody if you like his point of view and cheracter.

This is the way I choose mine contractors and for me it works excellent. ;)

The Online Shopping – 5 Money Saving Tips

Aug 16
2011

online shoppingThe people already  know that when it comes to shopping online is the way to go for many reasons. Shopping online is very suitable, it means you could never leave your house and offers a better chance you will find the item you are searching for at the lowest price. If done right, the shopping online could be very profitably. By making your purchases online instead visiting the actual store you already save money. You save money on gas and parking and very often you  save money on the cost of the actual product you buy. Even with the possibility of an additional shipping fees, you will still save money. The only downside to shopping online is trying to find the best way to save money. It’s not easy, but once you know a few tricks, you’ll be on your way to quickly saving money with every online purchase you make.

1 Compare the Prices Before You Buy

online shoppingSo you already know what you want and there are a lot of places where you can buy it online and the BIG question now is where it is cheaper. Websites like shopzilla.com, pricegrabber.com and  bizrate.com can help you really a lot with your product and price research.

2. Online Coupon Codes – YES

One of my favorites :) It takes a couple of minutes and the product could be much cheaper than you expected. All you have to do is just enter a code. But how to find these coupon codes? Usually most of the stores advertise them at their websites, but my favorite is retailmenot.com because everything is in one place and the search is really useful – saves a lot of time.

3. Shop at eBay and Amazon

You can trust the biggest in the online shopping. There you could find brand new, outlet and
second hand products. Amazon Prime members get free 2 days shipping on a huge array of items such as CDs, books, DVDs and toys.

4. Check out the Deals of the Day web sites

These websites already work, and work fine for the customers . If you haven’t try them yet, you are missing out on the benefits of online shopping “deal of the day”. For those who are having a harder times during the economic crisis, these sites are here to help. Many folks are cutting corners on fun. But with these new amazing sites with deals like these, there’s no need to do that anymore.

5. Security Tips

Don’t use your credit card at a websites that is not 100% secure. If you do this, you are risking the safety of your identity and financial information. To protect yourself, only buy from stores that you know and trust. Additionally, make purchases only from your personal computer. When you enter your information into a public computer, you greatly increase the chance that your information will be stolen.

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