LOS ANGELES (CBS) — You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating. With the economy still sluggish, the time to make deals on home improvement projects is now.

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Contractors are literally giving dry wall away…and now is the time to make a deal.

But, as experts will also warn you…don’t fall for a price that sounds too good to be true. And don’t just trust anyone who shows up to do the work.

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Angie Hicks, the founder of the contractor/service professional review site angieslist.com, was an in-studio guest on the KCAL 9 News at Noon Monday to talk about home improvements for 2011 and how to find the right person to do the job.

She offered practical advice (get references!) as well as pitfalls to watch out for (never sign a contract with blank spaces!)

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For more information about Angie’s List, click on the following link: http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/los-angeles/