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      How many bids should you get?

      With the New Year, many people will be taking on home improvement projects. It can be stressful. But thereâ??s one thing you can do to improve chances of success. In todayâ??s Angieâ??s List report we show you what the magic number is to get the job done right.

      Once Catherine Duff made the decision to remodel her half bath she instantly thought of her father.

      â??He kind of drilled it into us that itâ??s really important to shop around and make a decision based on the pros and cons and not a gut feeling and to kind of do your due diligence," Duff says.

      That due diligence led to her getting 3 bids from potential contractors . And according to consumer experts, thatâ??s exactly what every homeowner should do.

      Angie's List founder Angie Hicks says, â??For the last 17 years Iâ??ve talked a ton to consumers about the importance about getting three estimates when thinking about a remodel job. I know it takes a lot of work and a lot of effort, but Iâ??m going to tell you why itâ??s really important.â??

      Hicks says itâ??s important not to overlook the fact that a team of people will be in your home for an extended period of time.

      â??Theyâ??re going to be there in the morning when you are having breakfast and they also might be there in the evening when you are having dinner. So you want to be sure you are comfortable with the crew and itâ??s another reason why getting three estimates is good; so you can a chance to talk and compare what itâ??s going to be like to work with each team," Hicks says.

      Many homeowners end their project even before it gets started because the initial bid is too high. But a recent Angieâ??s List poll showed that more than 80 percent of contractors are willing to negotiate with homeowners to get jobs. So getting those three bids, say experts, can be leverage for getting a lower price.

      â??I did not choose the lowest bidder. Iâ??ve always been one of those people who, right before I cross a bridge, I think, â??You know this was built by the lowest bidder.â?? And â?| I would rather be crossing a bridge that was maybe built by the highest bidder or the next bidder because Iâ??ve always thought you kind of get what you pay for," Duff says.

      What Duff paid for and got was a beautiful bathroom. And peace of mind that the time and energy spent getting three bids was well worth it, just like her father said it would.

      Remember, the contractor will be the one responsible for how your project turns out so if you see red flags from the beginning, end the relationship then . Experts say to always trust your instincts.

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