How To Get The Most From By-The-Hour Service Calls

When you're obliged to pay a hefty hourly rate for a
home repair or other job, there are specific steps you
can take to save time and money, while decreasing
your anxiety:

* DISCUSS DETAILS OVER THE PHONE.
Thoroughly talking out a project over the telephone
will save time and money during the service visit. It
will also help the repair person to know which tools
to bring.

* MAKE A LIST. Your to-do list should include
everything you want the repair person to fix. This
will save you even more time when the technician
arrives.

* INCLUDE RELATED PROBLEMS. Because
many companies front-load the first hour with
additional charges, you want to get as much done in
one trip as possible. If you call a plumber to unclog a
toilet, for example, ask him to tighten the leaky pipe in
the basement, too. While making your list, walk
through the house and consider other needed repairs.

* PREPARE THE WORK AREA. If the work will
take place in the kitchen, for instance, make sure that
all dishes are washed and put away. Clear clutter.
Remove breakable objects.

* DO THE CLEANING YOURSELF. Contractors
often do not clean up after themselves as thoroughly
as you would like, anyway. So why not ask the repair
person to leave all the cleaning to you? This, too, will
save you time and money.

Finally, relax and don't hover. A repair person will
generally do the best work when left alone.

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