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Tips for Hiring a Contractor in Landover, Maryland: Getting Estimates

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

hiring a contractorHiring the right contractor is incredibly important, because, unfortunately, there are more than a few shady contractors in the construction industry. So it is essential to do everything you can to pick the best contractor for the job.

As we explained a few weeks ago, the first step in Hiring a Contractor is narrowing down your options. Then, once you have narrowed down your choices to your top three or four contractors, contact each of them and arrange for them to visit your home and provide you with a written estimate. That is step two!

Getting a Written Estimate

After each potential contractor views your home and knows enough about the project, ask them for a detailed written estimate. This will not only help you further narrow down your contractor options, but it will also protect you in several ways.

1. Getting estimates from several contractors ensures you are getting a fair price.

2. Getting a detailed estimate will help you see exactly what you are paying for. While one contractor may include materials in his pricing, another may not.

3. Getting written estimates will help protect you from a contractor bidding low and then running up the price once work begins. Still, it is VERY IMPORTANT to sign a contract before any work begins. Even a written estimate is not legally binding. A contract is.

Hopefully you have found these Tips for Hiring a Contractor useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit today!

At PVMGT, we take care of your needs from bookkeeping to tenant screening to landscaping contractor oversight, just to name a few. We provide quality and reasonable services.

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: Preventing Thanksgiving Day House Fires

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Nearly 2,000 house fires occur on Thanksgiving Day, annually. These house fires, the majority of which are caused by cooking mishaps, result in 41 injuries, 15 fatalities, and nearly $21 million in property damage.

“The reality is the doorbell rings and your friends and relatives are at the door and you want to greet them and chat, and you just don’t think to go back to the kitchen,” said John Drengenberg, the consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips to Prevent House Fires

1.     Never Leave Cooking Food Unattended: If something goes wrong when you are out of the room, things could escalate quickly.

2.     Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy: It is important to have a fire extinguisher nearby to deal with any fires before they get out of hand.
3.     Check the Batteries in Smoke Detectors: Smoke detectors are no good if their batteries have died. When was the last time you checked yours?

4.     Know how to handle Grease Fires: Grease fires are different than regular fires and cannot be extinguished quite as easily. You will need to smother the flame.

5.     Avoid wearing Loose Clothing when Cooking: Loose clothing can easily get too close to a burner and catch fire.

6.     Avoid Decorating the Kitchen for Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving decorations, which are typically made of paper or cardboard, are extremely flammable and do not belong near the stove.

7.     Do not Overachieve: Do not try to cook more than you can handle. This is when things can easily go wrong.

8.     Avoid Frying a Turkey: Turkey fryers are a huge fire hazard.

9.     Be Safe!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Potomac Valley Management!

Hopefully you have found these Basic Household Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit today!

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