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The Fixed-Price Conundrum

When it comes to a major project that calls for a significant investment, we generally feel that it is prudent to request a fixed-price – we prefer to know how much money will be involved, and more to the point, what’s the most this project is going to cost me? Conventional practice is to invite …

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Outsourcing Due Diligence

You’ve decided the house needs to be painted. Questions now arise in rapid-fire sequence: Who to call? How many to invite for bids? What are the project specifications? Hiring criteria? How to select the right contender? What is the vetting process? It would be so easy to just go with your gut and select one …

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How to know if you can trust your painter

Assuming TRUST                                                                     Residential painting can be a trying trade; painters may work in uncomfortable conditions, from great heights, often dealing with hazardous materials. It’s a tough service job that requires experience, training, certifications or licenses, and a modicum of people skills. So, why is it that we innocently trust doctors, airline pilots and maybe even …

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Why references are so important when hiring a contractor

The key to assuring the effort to check references is worthwhile and yields useful information is to request that your contractor candidate submit recent business activity. You want names and contact information of their most recent clients with dates of service (that you will confirm). This is to prevent the contractor from “cherry picking” only his best …

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