Let Your Retailer Manage Your Contractors

Right At Home Daily: Ilyce's Corner
Ilyce Glink
for Right At Home Daily

This year, homeowners will spend more than $150 billion on home improvement, maintenance and renovation projects. That number, say analysts, will continue to grow, which will only increase the odds that the contractor or subs you hire to complete your job won't be as talented or experienced as you might like. In fact, one of the most frustrating aspects of home improvement is finding qualified contractors to complete the job.

But someday soon you may be able to get around all that.

The Home Depot is opening up a new type of store called EXPO Design Center. Already available in a dozen cities nationwide, EXPO starts where Home Depot leaves off, offering kitchen, bath, lighting, and window treatment design services, high-end fixtures and appliances, and just about anything else you need to make your home beautiful.

But here's the best part: EXPO has a number of local contractors with whom the store works who will price out the job, come in on the designated start date, and finish your job before moving on to another. And, EXPO guarantees the installation of the bathroom, kitchen, window treatments or other job for as long as you live in your home.

For anyone who has ever dealt with the after-effects of a poor home improvement job, that's a welcome promise.

Ilyce Glink is the bestselling author of 100 Questions Every First Time Home Buyer Should Ask, and is the Managing Editor of Right at Home Daily.

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