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Home Construction & Design

 

Building one's dream home starts with a plan, design, and budget.  Finding the right home builder to pull off the project is who another matter.  It's important to get multiple quotes from different home builders near you before signing anything.  Talk with local governments over zoning and other programs including possible rebates.  Always be sure to have the proper permits and insurance before starting any work.

Many folks work with planned developments so they are limited in certain styles or floorplan configurations, but custom home builders are able to produce home's from scratch with unique designs and elements that are envisioned by a professional architect.  An experienced home builder will be able to provide many details about the project and keep you informed throughout the process.

Liability release document
RemodelHiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: I fired my contractor over shoddy work and now he wants me to sign a release of liability. I’ve already paid him all he was owed. Am I also required to sign a liability release? — Tiffany M. of San Jose, California
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Hiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: How can you tell if someone is a journeyman or master carpenter? And does it matter? — Carol B. of Columbus, Ohio
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RemodelHiring a Contractor
Dear Angie: What should I do if a general contractor asks me to handle receiving bids and working with subcontractors, such as plumbers and electricians? – Gaurav P., North Bergen, New Jersey
Be realistic about DIY ventures. If you don't have the proper knowledge or tools, consider calling a pro to help. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mitchell)
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Experts caution homeowners to be realistic and thoroughly evaluate DIY projects before tackling them on their own.
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Our tips for a green home and yard include using solar energy, collecting run-off rain and properly disposing of paint brushes.
 
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