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Mr. Patterson said, "It always amazes me that people hire me without contacting my references. They tell me that they know a reference will only say positive things, but I think everyone should call and ask about issues that are important to them. For instance, if you're concerned about the dust generated from a renovation, ask the reference about the contractor's daily clean-up habits."
"We decided to remove it, not knowing what it was, and six months later, the homeowners sent us a photo they had found that showed there had once been a huge windmill next to the house," Mr. Patterson said.