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What the Experts May Not Tell You About Building or Renovating Your Home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    The Most Imformative Book on the Market!

    Thank you Amy! You are a true innovator! 'What the 'Experts' may not tell you about...building or renovating your home' was extremely educational. This book is the pirate ship in the yatch club. The issues that need to be addressed are in this well written and strategically laid out renovation guide. After reading this book I feel that I know have the education I need to avoid many home renovation pitfalls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    Chock full of sound advice!

    Ms. Johnston's book does not provide head-spinning technical information, rather it is a project management guide for the general public. We have found valuable advice that is easy to absorb through a clear, concise, step-by-step format. We are first time home builders with a project taking place 1000 miles from our current residence. The understanding of the construction process gained from this book has served us well. There have been a few times in our project to date that we have impressed the industry professionals and our confidence to complete our project on-time and on-budget is sound. This book is a true bargain when measured against the costs and anxiety of home building and renovation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    A great How to Book

    Calling all people concerned in the building industry - Architects, Designers, through Realtors.....alert your clients to this and they will be richly rewarded

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Your build/renovation must start with this book

    After reading just about every construction book available, I stumbled across this one. It is the most important investment that you will make in your home. Amy Johnston details the steps in your construction project from an insider's perspective. She provides invaluable advice in selecting and working with contractors in a down-to-earth manner. The book includes anecdotes and personal experiences, and reads like a novel while providing you with fundamental information for your project. Make sure to have a pen handy while you read, because you're likely to want to take notes, or at least dog ear all the important pages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    A Consumer's Guide w/o Bashing Contractors or Tradesmen

    The author presents valuable notes and cautions highlighted for clients as 'Insider Tips' or 'Pitfalls.' The strategies and educational pointers are worth many times the cost of the book. The glossary of building terms and their definitions could become a book all by themselves. The book is very informative without being preachy, boring, or bashing. There are a lot of excellent sections covering the many facets of preparing to build or renovate. With the costs of housing skyrocketing in the USA, this book is a nice consumer protection item for anyone considering building from scratch or fixing-up their current nest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    A book that tells you what you really need to know about construction

    This book is an indispensable resource. It is appropriate for home remodels, new home builders, developers, and anyone getting started in the construction business. Read it and you will be able to converse professionally with architects, engineers, builders, and subcontractors. This is not a technical book on how to frame a house or plumb a bathroom. Rather, it gives you an insight into the construction process and a game plan to make sure that you are ready to deal with construction professionals. Amy Johnston's checklists and recommendations for various parts of the process are spot on. Follow her guidance and you will save thousands in time and money and navigate your way through the construction process with confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    An Indespensible Resource!

    Out of all the renovating and 'how to' manuals I poured over when redoing my home, this was by far the most comprehensive and helpful of them all. It is easy to read and takes you step-by-step through the process. Thanks so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    helps get your stuff together

    Amy Johnston is a pro who knows the tricks of the trade. Her advice is clear and practical

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    Avoid building contract problems

    This book is the very best investment for anyone planning to remodel or build a home.You should read this prior to signing any contracts with architects,rennovators or building contractors and save yourself money and headaches that invariably accompany such projects even when dealing with the best and most honest contractors.The book takes you clearly and fully thru all of the issues involved in contract arrangements and guides you in coping with all aspects of the project.It will show you how to avoid the many pit falls and horror stories we have all either heard about or experienced. This is one 'How To'guide that delivers as promised.A few dollars invested here could literally save you thousands and give you results you desire while maintaining a good working relationship and understanding with your contractor.

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