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Six Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor

We’ve discussed this in this space before, but it is worth the reminder. As you do your planning for home and office improvements for the coming year, be sure you know enough about your contractor before you hire them.

Here’s a list that will help you choose and make the decision:

  1. Get multiple estimates. It will help you understand what the job should cost.
  2. Read consumer reviews. Hearing what others have to say about your candidate can help sway your decision.
  3. Call Licensing boards.  Be sure they have adequate liability coverage.
  4. Get several references.  Talking directly with their clients helps you understand how the contractor works.
  5. Negotiate a maximum hourly rate.  Helps contain costs.
  6. Always demand a lien release.  Protect yourself.

We’ll go over each of these steps in detail in future posts.  In the meantime, read the article from which this was borrowed in the January/February issue of AARP The Magazine (www.aarp.com/magazine).

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Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf

Playgrounds are a natural for synthetic turf. Saving time, safety and ease of installation are but a few of the reasons you want to include fake grass into your playground or play set installation plan.

Working fake grass into a playground plan is a good move because:

  • The play area can be used immediately without having to wait for real grass to grow in.
  • Artificial turf and its underpinnings are softer and cushion impact better than pavement, concrete or stone.
  • Installation of the ground cover and equipment can be fairly seamless as a project with little lag time between each installation.

Consider artificial turf as a part of your next playground installation.

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