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How to Hire a Good Contractor

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The hardest part of any home renovation project for most homeowners is finding a competent and reliable contractor to do the job. You need to find a reliable person who you entrust to change your home – place where you spend lots of time. Happily, you have Markate open Marketplace where you can find any contractor you need, from handyman to general contractor. This article will give you tips to selecting and working with a qualified contractor.

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What NOT to do before renovation?

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Starting a renovation in your home is a very serious decision. No wonder you want to be prepared! You can find lots of advice about how to start a renovation, find a good contractor or predict costs on a project. But what you shouldn’t do before starting the whole play? PROs share what you should absolutely NOT do before starting the remodeling process.

  1. Expect perfection

PRO contractor and kitchen designer Stephen Fanuka: “There’s no such thing as perfection. Painting and tiling aren’t done by machine. They’re done by craftsmen — who, yes, are human”.

Don’t worry if you see some unideal spots – tell your contractor about them and he’ll try to fix it.

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Post-Construction Cleaning

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You finished your project and enjoy the results. But still, there is one thing to do: to clean up mess appeared during the renovation process. Check out Markate’s advice how to master the mess, and make the clean-up quick and painless.

Use Stand-Up Trash Bags

During construction process you always have a lot of trash. Use trash bags, for instance, 42-gallon Gorilla Glue bag. It has square base and made from super-heavy-duty plastic, and if you fold a little cuff at the top and treat them gently, it will stand up. They are incredibly tough—just the thing if you have heavy-duty trashing to do.  

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Tips for PRO’s: Installation of Mosaic Tile

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In general, installation of mosaic tile is similar to any other type of tile. But there are some features due to their small size, mounting on sheets and being made from glass. Follow these advice and successfully finish your new project, that you will find on markate.pro 😉

  1. Straighten Up Wavy Walls

Number one tip for any tile-setting job: start with a perfectly flat surface. Before you begin tiling, check the surface with a straightedge. If there are some dips, straighten it with screeding a layer of setting-type joint compound over. Use thin-set instead of joint compound if you work on floor or wall in the wet area. Let the joint compound or thin-set harden.

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10 Common Flooring Mistakes

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Markate always tries to be helpful for its customers. Today we gathered 10 common flooring mistakes homeowners make. Flooring is a big investment and let’s make it worth every penny!

# 1:  Not planning ahead for hardwood refinishing

Why it’s bad:

Installing and refinishing hardwood floors takes: 3-5 days or longer to get the work done; 4 days before furniture can be moved in. Consider some extra time if you are adding new hardwood flooring, which needs to be ordered and dropped off for acclimation.

If you start using floors too early, it may lead to some problems in future.

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