Springtime is “fix it” time.

After a winter of pipes burst from freezing, gutters bowed by snow and spending time in a “too small” house, spring is the time to catch up on household repairs or add additional space at home.

For those projects that are too big or too complex for the “do-it-your-selfer,” a building contractor, plumber, carpenter or other tradesman is essential. But, beware.

There are many fly-by-night contractors out there.

Make sure the contractor you hire has a license if, like plumbers and electricians, they’re required to have one.

A list of contractor jobs that require licenses is listed on maine.gov.

And make sure the contractor has insurance or you will be liable for any injury that takes place on your property. You could end up paying a lot more than you would have by hiring a reputable contractor.

Mary Jane Newell, Oxford

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