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Eight things things to ask before fixing up your home

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Before jumping into a home improvement project, ask yourself these questions

Eight things things to ask before fixing up your home
*How much will this cost you, and
how much value will this add to your home? For those answers, you’ll need to talk to a contractor for the former and an estate agent for the latter. 
*During a renovation you will be inconvenienced. Consider how you will manage without the facilities in the room being renovated, the time of year and how uncomfortable you may be during construction. 
*During the planning, interview many contractors and ask for costs, their communication style, insurance and references. Ensure all contractors are accredited. 
*If you have your home’s original plans, plus plans that include home
improvements and additions over the years, offer them to the contractor. 
*Before starting any work that will impact your finances, ensure you have a contract in place. 
*Ask for itemised billing as opposed to a lump sum fee. 
*Never pay in full or upfront. Any contractor who requires this is probably scamming you. 
*Be realistic about how much you can do yourself and when you need to call in professionals.

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