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Maybe your house needs a new roof or windows, or it's time to redo the siding.  Perhaps you'd like to add a pool or deck. 

No matter what the project, one of the most important things you'll decide early on is who will do the work.  A lot of people hire contractors who have done a good job completing projects for friends and neighbors in the past, but what if you don't know anyone who has had major work done recently?

Don't just open the yellow pages and hope for the best.  Turn to a referral service, like United Home Improvement, that will match you up with the best person for the job.  In addition to  having records of excellent performance, all of their members have been pre-screened so they're licensed, bonded and insured. 

To get a free quote from a contractor in the network who can help with your needs, all you have to do is visit  Start by selecting the product category that best describes your home improvement project.  There are more than 40 to choose from, and among the most popular categories this time of year:  roof work, siding and replacement windows.

If you select roofing, you'll be asked to specify whether you need to build a new roof, replace or extend an existing one, repair storm damage or add skylights.  You'll also be asked what kind of material you want to use: shingles, tile, shake, tar and gravel or metal.

For siding projects, you'll have to choose whether you need new siding or to repair or replace existing siding and what type of material you want to use: aluminum, vinyl, composite, wood, stucco or spray-on liquid.  If your project involves windows, you'll be asked whether you'll be repairing or replacing existing windows, adding storm windows or just cleaning the ones you already have.  You'll also have to check off the style you need and the material you want.  Among your options, aluminum, clad, vinyl, wood and fiberglass.

After entering the project information, you'll be asked when you'd like work to begin, whether or not you own your home and for your contact information.  You can expect to hear back from a qualified home improvement professional in your area shortly after submitting your request, often within minutes if the submission occurs during typical business hours.

"We only match people with the most qualified professional able to complete work in their neighborhood, so they don't have to worry about having to sort through bids from multiple contractors.  They know they are getting the best person for the job from the get-go," says Ted Balowski, chief operating officer of United Home Improvement.   

Matching homeowners with contractors isn't the only service the site has to offer.  It also serves as an information resource.  There's an online library. filled with articles about all kinds of different home improvement projects; and a Design Gallery, which has photos of completed basement, bathroom, bedroom, deck, dining room, kitchen, sunroom and pool projects worked on by member contractors. 

To gain free access to all the resources, visit

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