What No One Ever Tells You About Renovating your HomeBook - 2005
Homeowners spent more than USD169 billion on home renovations last year, according to federal statistics and the Centers for Housing at Harvard. With so much at stake, consumers without the information to maintain control over the process get hit with out-of-line costs or shoddy work quality on their properties. Now millions of home remodelers can access the information they need to turn the situation around. Author and popular newspaper columnist Alan Heavens has made a career of sharing his own renovation mistakes on three older properties in his 15 years' worth of columns, while exchanging information, insights, and remodeling concerns with his millions of readers each week. With upwards of 70 per cent of the U.S. population owning a home, renovation control issues will continue to plague most remodelers who, though they don't want to do it themselves, do want the information to ensure they receive quality work. This consumer-friendly guide is built around his readers' renovation questions, since Heavens receives more than 700 letters, e-mails, and phone calls each week. others while addressing whole house renovation issues with a realistic eye. Readers learn what it takes to be a savvy consumer of home renovation services with advice to: Be certain renovation is the best way to go. Get the plans on paper first. Find a trustworthy contractor. Use this opportunity to correct hidden flaws or problems. Upgrade for energy savings whenever possible. These are proven techniques that any homeowner can use to sidestep problems, survive the renovation, and achieve a satisfactory outcome, all presented so they can laugh even while they're knee-deep in sawdust. Contractors, too, can increase business using the book's practical insights into what their customers want and what makes them tick.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Dearborn Trade Publishing, c2005
Branch Call Number: 643.7 H3527W 2005
Characteristics: xiii, 222 p. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Renovating your home