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EP 92: How To Powerfully Deal with Contractors (so you stay sane!) with Sue Hough

One of the biggest challenges many women real estate investors experience is “dealing with contractors.” On this week’s episode, we talk with Sue Hough from Chicago who has over 21 years’ experience in building single-family residential properties (both as an investor and builder). We discuss a ton with Sue, including key red flags when working with contractors, the importance of “lien waivers,” what needs to be in writing when working with contractors, and how to build your confidence estimating costs.

Sue Hough is passionate about everything construction. She has been Residential Builder in the Chicago Market for over 18 years and Founder of August James Ltd., a customer-driven Design-Build firm. In addition, she has over 21 years’ experience investing in single-family residential properties whether that be a fix and flip or buy and hold properties. Sue is currently working on an exciting “Glam-ground” development in South Carolina, blending beautiful historic land with upscale tiny-houses, split log cabins, and fabulous natural amenities. She is also busy building a new single-family home in Chicago and a breath-taking addition in the near Suburbs. In her spare time, Sue enjoys spending time with her three daughters, swimming, hiking and reading a good book.

On today’s episode, we discuss a ton with Sue, including:

  • How to get more comfortable with the construction
  • #1 way to build your confidence in estimating construction
  • KEY legal documents to protect yourself with contractors
  • Red flags when dealing with contractors
  • How to deal with change orders
  • What NEEDS to be set up in writing with your contractors

Contact Information

  • FREE GIFT – TEXT “August123” to the following number “44222” for Sue’s contractor docs!
  • Webinar Invitation New Project Setup and Project Scheduling Webinar Registration

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