TRIM–OUT: GETTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER

“Incidentally, this is a good argument for monitoring the payment process carefully, even if you have a general contractor. The subs will come back if they have a contract, but if the pay was slow the first time, they may put your job on the back burner. Persuading reluctant subs to come back and finish work can be a major delay, even a major hassle. (In most states, subcontractors can file a lien for non-payment, even if you paid the general contractor.)” –The Baltimore Sun 09.15.1990

THE PRICE THE CONTRACTOR QUOTES

In a recent letter to her readers, Dominique Browning, the longtime editor of House & Garden magazine, wrote about the agony of renovation, but suggested her experience was so painful that she preferred not to give details. “I’m still in shock and note ready to talk about it,” she wrote… –New York Times 02.22.07

IMPROVING HOME IMPROVEMENT

“Nobody trusts contractors,” said Jim Quinn — a contractor himself — the co-owner of Thomas Murphy Associates in Port Washington, N.Y., which has been in business 15 years, “and the process of getting contractors is sometimes a dicey game, because homeowners woder if they can trust them.” –New York Times 03.07.04