You can save money on your project by doing the demolition and site preparation yourself. Talk with your contractor about the things you need to know before you begin. Ordinarily, you will not need a lot of instruction for this part of the project. For example, you need to know whether a wall that must be removed is a partition wall or a load-bearing wall. Removing a load-bearing wall requires additional work to support the house before it is removed. Tearing out dry wall or sheetrock, removing fixtures and hardware, and preparing the work site can eliminate some of the work required of the contractor and save money on the project. If your project is a remodel, you can remove trim boards, switch and outlet plates, lights, carpet, vinyl floor covering, etc. If your project is an addition, you can prepare the site by removing grass, excavating for the foundation, protecting the landscaping, etc.

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