of articles have been written about how to hire a
contractor. I’ve written several hundred myself, and
two books, besides.
type "How to hire a contractor" into Google,
and voilà! much advice appears.
first non-ad to come up on my list was "This Old
House," followed by U.S. News, the Federal Trade
Commission, Angie’s List … well, that’s enough,
because I cannot imagine any would steer me in the wrong
carpenter Norm Abram told me on a 1999 visit to The New
Yankee Workshop set that he was sent hundreds of tools
to try out, and that most performed the same as tools on
hammer is still a hammer, even if it runs on a 9-volt
you have read so far is my excuse for not sharing
contractor-hiring tips from a survey by Invoice2go,
which is an invoice app. I will share a few findings
about consumers’ attitudes toward contractors,
6 percent of homeowners indicated that they trusted a
bigger company more than a smaller one.
percent indicated they would consider hiring a
number one online place homeowners look for service
providers is Angie’s List (24 percent), followed by
Facebook (21 percent). The other places, in no
particular order, were Yelp, Thumbtack, TaskRabbit,
HomeAdvisor, and NextDoor.
top behavior that positively reflects credibility of a
home-renovation service provider is "cleaning up
after a job," at 85 percent.
I said, Google it.
about carbon monoxide-related deaths abound in warmer
weather, especially after storm-related power outages.
to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than
400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide
poisoning; more than 20,000 visit emergency rooms, and
more than 4,000 are hospitalized as a result.
you have a gasoline-powered generator, don’t run it in
an enclosed area such as a porch or a garage, inside the
house, or near windows. And make sure your carbon
monoxide detectors are working.