When comparing bids from contractors, be sure that the amounts allotted for flooring and lighting are realistic.
If you are planning any major renovations, such as converting an unfinished basement area into living space, it is especially important to test the area for radon before you begin. If your test results indicate an elevated radon level, radon-resistant techniques can be inexpensively included as part of the renovation. Major renovations can change the level of radon in any home. Test again after the work is completed.
An inexpensive nylon-bristle brush and a few small "acid" brushes that are sold for applying soldering flux can make great tools for spreading glue. Clipping off about half the paint brush bristles will make them stiff enough so they won't slop glue around on board edges or mitered joints.