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7 tips for hiring the best contractor

Be first to use the 'G' word
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Interior designer and contractor

Want to go green? Tell your contractor during your first meeting.

"You have to do it first," says Holmes. "You're not going to find too many people who say 'I'm a green freak.'"

But what it comes down to is "the more friendly for the earth, the more friendly for you and your family," he says. This is where doing some research ahead of time can pay off. What are the green or greener options for the job you're planning?

The more you arm yourself, says Holmes, the better chance it is that you are going to find the right contractor for you.




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