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"Take your time," Holmes says. "Do not be in a hurry."

You're not ordering a cup of coffee to go, he says. This is a home alteration that you're going to live with every day.

The best thing to do before you start interviewing contractors is educate yourself on the project, he advises. The more you know, the more able you'll be to ask savvy questions and make smart decisions concerning the project. "Do you want to run (category)-five or (category)-six (cables)? How far do you think you need to go? Do you need to gut your kitchen?" he says.

You can also make a wish list: What are the things you'd like to do in conjunction with this project?

One wise move is to call your local government and find out what kind of permits you're likely to need, Holmes says.


 

 

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