How to Pick a Good Home Improvement Contractor: 10 Tips for Consumers

1)    Check each contractor’s license. Licensing may be at the state, county, or municipal lever. The quickest surest way to find out who is responsible for licensing contractors in your area is to call your local building department, mayor city manager, or county executive office.

2)    Check with the local Better Business Bureau for any complaints filed against the contractor. Continue reading “How to Pick a Good Home Improvement Contractor: 10 Tips for Consumers”

What Your Lender Needs to Know (and what not to do during the home buying process)

When you are buying a home the first thing you need to do is get pre-approved. This is different from pre-qualifying as it is a full loan approval instead of simply an opinion letter of your creditworthiness. Its is best that you take this step before looking at homes as finding out what you qualify for will help you look in the right price range and avoid disappointment. On the flip side, you might be able to look at more expensive homes than you originally thought possible. Continue reading “What Your Lender Needs to Know (and what not to do during the home buying process)”