Cash is still king: Those looking to remodel get a deal



has found a couple in the San Francisco suburbs who had a contractor come knocking on their door offering to remove a tree -- at a discount.

"[Darien} Destino and her husband, Don, recently had their 3,000-square-foot home painted by the same contractor who bid 40 percent more for the job two years ago. The pine trees crowding the front yard were removed for half the cost requested in 2007."

By waiting two years, they got both projects done for 40-50% less than the cost they were originally quoted.

Plus, if a contractor has already done an estimate on your place, it's easier for them to assess what the job is worth to them in terms of keeping their workers busy, cash flow, etc. If you have an old quote, you may want to call that contractor back and see if they are willing to do the same job for less.

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