Be Your Own House Contractor: Save 25% Without Lifting a Hammer

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Simple language with no technical jargon. (The New York Times)

This excellent book offers the average person a way to say 25% of the high cost of a new house. Recommended. (Library Journal)

For those who are considering building a home (or addition) this book is a must! (American Homeowners Foundation)

If you can balance a checkbook, read, and deal with people in a fair ...

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Overview


Simple language with no technical jargon. (The New York Times)

This excellent book offers the average person a way to say 25% of the high cost of a new house. Recommended. (Library Journal)

For those who are considering building a home (or addition) this book is a must! (American Homeowners Foundation)

If you can balance a checkbook, read, and deal with people in a fair manner, you can build your own house or addition. You don't need any technical knowledge or building skills - in fact, you'll never pick up a hammer.

With veteran contractor Carl Heldmann as a guide, you'll learn that you can get exactly the house you want, done the way you want it, for less.

In this completely revised and updated fourth edition of his classic how-to book (more than 185,000 copies in print), Heldmann gives an overview of all the steps of building and includes a glossary of building and business terms and sample contracts. He tells how to:

Select land

Secure financing

Develop house plans

Establish schedules

Identify cost-saving options

Select subcontractors

Negotiate contracts

Buy materials and supplies

Estimate building costs

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Editorial Reviews

San Diego Union-Tribune
“If you are thinking about building a new house, or renovating your current home, first read [this book].”
— Robert Bruss
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“If you are bound and determined to plunge ahead…pick up a copy of this little book before you start.”
— Gordy Holt
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
“If you’re intrigued by the idea of being your own contractor for your dream house, here’s where to begin.”
— Marcia Schnedler
Timber Home Building
"…Heldmann offers something that you can hold dear for a lifetime: the skinny on homebuilding."
— Mike McCarthy
Timber Home Building - Mike McCarthy
"…Heldmann offers something that you can hold dear for a lifetime: the skinny on homebuilding."—Mike McCarthy, Timber Home Building, December 2006
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“If you are thinking about building a new house, or renovating your current home, first read [this book].”— San Diego Union-Tribune

“If you are bound and determined to plunge ahead…pick up a copy of this little book before you start.”— Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“If you’re intrigued by the idea of being your own contractor for your dream house, here’s where to begin.”— Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“…Heldmann offers something that you can hold dear for a lifetime: the skinny on homebuilding.” — Timber Home Building

“Carl Heldmann has written the bible for people who want to act as their own general contractor….Strewn through the book are interesting tidbits a layman probably wouldn’t hear unless he showed up at a job site at break time with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.” – Los Angeles Times

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Marcia Schnedler
“If you’re intrigued by the idea of being your own contractor for your dream house, here’s where to begin.”
San Diego Union-Tribune - Robert Bruss
“If you are thinking about building a new house, or renovating your current home, first read [this book].”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Gordy Holt
“If you are bound and determined to plunge ahead…pick up a copy of this little book before you start.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580178402
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Be Your Own House Contractor Ser.
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 397,428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author


Carl Heldmann is a construction loan consultant and an expert on residential construction costs. A licensed homebuilder and real estate broker, he is co-founder of the Michigan School of Home Building and founder of the North Carolina School of Home Building. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Be Your Own General Contractor and Save (3)

Chapter 2 Where to Start (14)

Chapter 3 Financing (30)

Chapter 4 Cost Estimating (41)

Chapter 5 Further Preparations (52)

Chapter 6 Subcontractors (57)

Chapter 7 Suppliers (65)

Chapter 8 Building the House (69)

Chapter 9 Additions to an Existing Home (88)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2004

    Only skims the surface

    This book only gives an overview of the contracting process and dedicates a lot of space to sample legal forms that will be of little use when you hire an attorney (as the author suggests). Lacks the details needed to progress with the actual building of a home. May be a good choice to help you decide if you really want to contract your own home

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