How to keep costs down when gas prices rise

How to keep costs down when gas prices rise

Follow these tips to save money on home improvement as fuel costs increase:

  • Know what you're paying for: Insist on itemized charges related to fuel costs so you know exactly what you are paying for.
  • Don't get tripped up: If you'll be charged a trip fee just for the estimate, find out if that cost will be taken off your final bill if you choose that contractor for the job.
  • Be creative: If your contractor – lawn service, dog walker, errand service, housekeeper, or tutor – has more than one customer in your neighborhood, see if you can coordinate service calls to cut down on your contractor’s fuel costs, and minimize the pass-through.
  • Prioritize: If you have an emergency service need, be smart in your hiring decision. Getting your issue resolved now -- even if you have to pay a fuel surcharge -- could still save you money in the long run.
  • Comparison shop: If you're just getting started on your project, add fuel cost questions to your list of things to ask about, and don't be afraid to negotiate.

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