Before hiring a contractor to work on your old house, check his or her supervisory skills. The way the contractor oversees and manages workers can make a big difference in how happy you are with the end results.
As you interview contractors, ask about job site supervision. How often will the contractor be on site to supervise, versus supervising other jobs? Look for a contractor who always is available--via phone or in person--to answer workers' questions and help troubleshoot any problems.
A large part of the contractor's role is supervising the crew. This covers everything from overseeing the daily schedule to ensuring that workers park in the right place and obey local construction laws. By hiring a strong supervisor, you can alleviate many of the stress factors that make remodeling a challenge.
Allison E. Beatty is an avid old house enthusiast who has been renovating houses and writing about them for more than 10 years. She contributes regularly to national newspaper, magazines, and web sites. She lives in an 1888 Victorian era home.
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