It's crazy-hard to find a decent, available contractor — but word of mouth is still your best bet

Some homeowners seek out home improvement. Others have home improvement thrust upon them.

Take last November, for example, when a windstorm toppled a tree smack-dab onto the roof of one of the homes Steve Corker rents out. Corker had little choice but to find a roofing contractor who had the time to replace nearly 30 percent of the roof.

“It almost took us four weeks to find a roofer,” Corker says.

In the meantime, to prevent rain from leaking into the tenant’s apartment, all they could do was put up a tarp and wait.

It’s not like Corker doesn’t have connections. He’s the president

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