10 Red Flags That Should Make You Fire Your Contractor Immediately

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Author's Note: 10 Red Flags That Should Make You Fire Your Contractor Immediately

Just out of a master's program, I picked up a couple day's work with a friend who had somehow lucked into a contractor's license. I had no idea what I was doing and, truth be told, I don't think my friend had much idea, either. We stumbled around the nail-studded job site in our running shoes and hung out the upstairs windows to pry off siding. Sheesh, for a million reasons that I'm now aware of, we should've been fired immediately.

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