How to navigate help with renovation?

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  • Erin Erin on Mar 17, 2018
    The same way as any other woman would? Look for women in the trades. I’ve had women plumbers and women electricians and a woman carpenter.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 17, 2018
    are you looking for a contractor? Do you plan to do it your self? When do you need to get started on this project? Have you checked if you need any permits to do the work?
    If electrical, plumbing, hvac is involved you may need to. Zoning regulations may also play a part.

    Make le a list of what you want with this renovation. Interview a few contractors, see who respects you....work with them and learn.
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 17, 2018
    If you are looking for professional advice tap into "This Old House,com" as there are all kinds of DIY projects shown on there from start to finish with videos.
  • Kelly Gilliland-Brown Kelly Gilliland-Brown on Mar 17, 2018
    Just like any other woman would, lol! Ask!

  • Gary B Gary B on Mar 17, 2018
    Always get references, and check them, never pay a contractor the full amount before the job is completed, have the work inspected by another professional, get it in writing. Always document like you were taking it to court because you are likely to.
  • What have you done so far? I am on Nextdoor.com and that does help a bit. I Google then interview, obtain a thorough written estimate, then check licenses on the State Contractors License Board and check references. It is sometimes frustrating, time consuming but it can be done. Keep a log, as I have had quite a few "no shows" and have been insulted more times than I care to count. I can tell you stories . . . How some of these contractors are still in business, I have no idea, it can boggle your mind. But when I find good, honest, decent contractors, male or female, I refer them to those that need their services.

    What specifically do you need help with? What is your main project at the moment?
  • Janice Janice on Mar 18, 2018
    Many good answers already here. Be sure to get a completion date written into any work order or contract you have. Sometimes contractors will keep putting you off as they get new work, so be sure to get a firm completion date that is reasonable.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 18, 2018
    you are welcome. I’ve suvived 2 kitchen Reno’s and a bath renovation. I’ve also dealt with the” your just a woman you don’t know what you’re doing“ attitude.
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