7 Ways To Blow Your Budget
Here are some of the most common spending mistakes and some helpful tips to keep your home from becoming a money pit.
5. Contractor Issues
Budget buster: "It was just supposed to be a simple remodel, but we’ve hired and fired multiple contractors, and I’m still not happy with the project. I think every crew in town’s been through our house -- and our budget."
Breathe easy: It’s time for a reality check: Not all contractors were created equal. They each have different certifications, specialties, and backgrounds. For instance, one may specialize in small residential remodels while another only focuses on building homes. Before you choose your contractor, do your homework. Interview multiple potential candidates, and ask for the names and numbers of past clients for referrals. For a list of conversation starters, check out the top 10 questions you should ask your contractor.