The First-Time Homeowner's Survival Guide

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For many new homeowners, the euphoria that comes with buying the perfect new house can soon turn into total panic. First-time buyers often feel overwhelmed by the amount of maintenance their new home requires—not to mention the nasty problems and surprises that seem to be lurking around every corner (and in every wall). Finally, author and real estate guru Sid Davis provides the antidote for the common worries that plague every new owner. From easy repairs to seemingly ...

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Overview

For many new homeowners, the euphoria that comes with buying the perfect new house can soon turn into total panic. First-time buyers often feel overwhelmed by the amount of maintenance their new home requires—not to mention the nasty problems and surprises that seem to be lurking around every corner (and in every wall). Finally, author and real estate guru Sid Davis provides the antidote for the common worries that plague every new owner. From easy repairs to seemingly insurmountable projects, readers will discover sanity-saving advice on:
• improving roofing, siding, walkways, and driveways
• fixing or replacing appliances and fixtures
• refinancing tips and traps
• reducing the costs of home ownership and maintenance
• lowering property taxes
• working with contractors and not getting taken
• insurance tips
• budgeting for the unexpected

Owning a home should be exciting, not terrifying. Now with this reassuring guide, novice homeowners can experience all of the joy, and none of the trepidation, that comes with having a place of their own.

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Editorial Reviews

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“On my scale of one to 10, this superb book rates a solid 10."

-Robert Bruss, nationally syndicated real estate columnist

“Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a long-time homeowner, you will profit from reading The First-Time Homeowner's Survival Guide by Sid Davis. He is both an experienced real estate broker and a home renovator so he knows which home repairs and renovations will reflect well in home enjoyment and increased resale value...Whether you are the do-it-yourself type or you prefer to hire professionals such as plumbers and electricians, this new book provides profitable information to save money and make the right choices. On my scale of one to 10, this superb book rates a solid 10."

-Robert Bruss, nationally syndicated real estate columnist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814473726
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 391,496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Davis (Farmington, UT) is the owner of Sid Davis & Associates, a real estate firm. He is the author of A Survival Guide for Buying a Home (0-8144-7196-X), A Survival Guide to Selling a Home (0-8144-7274-5), Home Makeovers that Sell (0-8144-7373-3), and numerous articles in Today’s Homeowner, Home Office Computing, Construction Management Today, and The Los Angeles Times.

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Table of Contents

C O N T E N T S

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Your Home’s Electrical System 101 1

Chapter 2 Maintaining and Fixing Your Home’s Plumbing

System 20

Chapter 3 How to Create Great-Looking Walls and Ceilings 43

Chapter 4 Interior Improvements That Add Value 65

Chapter 5 Exterior Maintenance and Improvements That Add

Value 85

Chapter 6 Your Home’s Landscaping and Curb Appeal 107

Chapter 7 Hiring and Working with Contractors 128

Chapter 8 Tax Aspects of Owning a Home 147

Chapter 9 Insurance Matters for Homeowners 167

Chapter 10 Avoiding the Ten Most Costly House Problems 189

Appendix A Dealing with Disaster 205

Appendix B Average Life Expectancy of Your Home’s Components 211

Appendix C Energy Savings and a Greener Home 215

Index 217

A comprehensive glossary along with printable checklists and worksheets are available at www.sid-davis.com by clicking on the book banner.

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