From the plumber to the painter, we asked 10 household professionals to give us a tried-and-true tip that they think everyone ought to know.
1. THE BUILDER: ALWAYS GET REFERENCES "There's no substitute for references. Get them - period. And get as many as you can, three at an absolute minimum." -Eric Jagger, project manager, Harbor Builders, Port Clyde, ME
2. THE CARPET-LAYER: PROTECT YOUR HOME "Taking up old carpet disturbs a lot of bad stuff - dust and germs fly everywhere. Find someone who'll use a HEPA vacuum before and after, and who'll wrap your old carpet in plastic before taking it out. Check out healthierlivinginstallation.com." -Reneé LeCroy, Flooring expert, Don's Carpet One Floor & Home, Birminham, AL
3. THE A/V CONSULTANT: DON'T USE CHEMICALS "The chemicals in glass cleaners are too harsh for your electronic screens, and paper towels will scratch them. Use warm water and a microfiber cloth. But not too much water--it can seep into the screen's edges." -DerekRead More »from 8 Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know