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5 Things You Should Know: What to Expect from a Contractor

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Imagine if Vincent van Gogh had dictated his vision of "Starry Night" to another artist to paint. Even if he had selected the color palette and demonstrated the appropriate strokes, that whimsical landscape would probably look a far sight different from van Gogh's original idea.

That very problem of converting someone else's idea into reality is the primary point of tension between clients and contractors. One party dreams of a remodeled master bath with a marble sunken tub and a mile-wide vanity, and the other has the tools and resources to make it happen. Because of the tricky nature of such partnerships, clients would be foolhardy to hire contractors without learning what's in store after they sign on the dotted line.

For a preview of what to expect and when from a contractor, check out the following five tips: