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Homeowners, It's Time to Think Like a General Contractor
by David M. Dillon


Overview - Amazon.com's publishing division "Create Space" has helped me to provide homeowners with a book written to help them successfully navigate the somewhat murky waters of hiring contractors for their home improvements. Aside from the burden of a complex process that many homeowners are unfamiliar with, there are plenty of deceptive practices which over promise and under deliver--or, worse.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Amazon.com's publishing division "Create Space" has helped me to provide homeowners with a book written to help them successfully navigate the somewhat murky waters of hiring contractors for their home improvements. Aside from the burden of a complex process that many homeowners are unfamiliar with, there are plenty of deceptive practices which over promise and under deliver--or, worse. This book will give you practical suggestions on how to protect yourself, how to find quality contractors, how to lower the cost of any project, how to manage the process and how to achieve the quality results you want in the first place. Getting high quality work done for reasonable prices is precisely how to add real value to your home and avoid headaches. This book is loaded with practical advice to simplify the process and make any sized project more affordable. This makes your money go further, eliminates headaches and empowers you to take charge of the whole process. We'll cover exactly how to: * Size up a project * Estimate a realistic budget * Understand exactly how to hire only the best subcontractors * How to negotiate the best price with those subcontractors * How to manage them * How to pay them * How to keep everything effectively on track Chapters include: Preface A note from the author 1 Should you trust a General Contractor? 2 What does a competent GC do and why should I think like one? 3 How much do things really cost? 4 I have a project in mind. Where do I start? 5 How do I find the right subcontractors in terms of competence and price? 6 How should I pay the subcontractors? 7 What is the typical chronology of the construction process? 8 How do I estimate the time to do the whole job? 9 How do I check the quality of the work? 10 What are some issues to be aware of when making finish selections? 11 What about appliances? 12 What if I just want to hire a General Contractor? How do I pick the right one and not get taken for a ride? 13 What are some common mistakes to avoid on the road to achieving excellence? We'll also discuss how to protect your project from going over budget and the critical decisions that need to be made prior to even starting which so many people overlook, to their peril. In the end, you'll be ready to manage your own project, or if you choose, hire the very best General Contractor. You'll have a much more informed perspective of what a good General Contractor does in any successful renovation or new construction project and be able to easily distinguish the competent ones from the rest.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781456533861
  • ISBN-10: 145653386X
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Publish Date: January 2011
  • Page Count: 132
  • Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.28 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.41 pounds


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