Renovation dos and don’ts

Keep this short list in mind while trying to bring your dream home to life.

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1. Research your contractor thoroughly.
2. Sign a specific, well-defined contract.
3. Treat your contractor as a partner, not an adversary.
4. Compare large-ticket items using consumer reports.


1. Hide your budget from your contractor when seeking bids.
2. Rush your project to construction—if your contractor has a long lead time before beginning a project, that’s a good sign.
3. Start the build-out before your materials have been ordered.

(Best Home Experts, March 2018)