By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Most apartments in Rio date from the 1950s and 1960s, and so when moving in to a rental or a newly purchased home, some renovation work is often called for. As a foreigner without a lot of personal contacts (or a full grasp of Portuguese), finding specialists to conduct everything from small repairs and installation to full-scale renovations can be a challenge.

A popular route for many is asking . . .

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