Most of my clients are general contractors who do remodeling and renovation. In several recent instances, clients have been asked by homeowners to continue or complete jobs that were started by other contractors. The original contractor had been fired in most cases. This kind of thing happens regardless of where we are in the economic cycle, but contractors seem to be more inclined to accept such projects in uncertain economic times. I advise clients to take some commonsense precautions before they agree to finish other contractors' projects.

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