Homeowners, It's Time to Think Like a General Contractor

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This book was written to help homeowners successfully navigate the somewhat murky waters of hiring contractors for their home improvements. During challenging economic times , there is an even greater risk of unscrupulous tactics to mislead homeowners to sign contracts that over promise and under deliver. 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 ...
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Overview

This book was written to help homeowners successfully navigate the somewhat murky waters of hiring contractors for their home improvements. During challenging economic times , there is an even greater risk of unscrupulous tactics to mislead homeowners to sign contracts that over promise and under deliver. 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 written by a successful general contractor and will help you approach any sized project like a pro. Today, more than ever, your money needs to go as far as it can.

This may seem like a daunting concept, if you're not a veteran construction "insider." We'll explore the "insider's" perspective of successful General Contracting and dispel any mysteries about it in a hurry in practical language that any homeowner can easily understand.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456533861
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/9/2011
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,046,691
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Dillon is a successful residential General Contractor and construction consultant in the Chicago metropolitan area. His experience spans from luxury single family new construction to affordable multifamily housing and everything in between.

He offers practical, no nonsense advice to homeowners everywhere who want to manage their own projects of any size.

"These days, you have to be your own advocate when it comes to improving your home or simply taking care of it. This is a very concise, very easy to understand summary of what you need to know before you hire anyone to work on your home. If you want quality workmanship, great prices and the satisfaction of adding comfort and value to your home, this book is for you." David M. Dillon

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    VERY USEFUL!!!!

    I wish I read this before we did the basement... The ways to find the right contractors for the right price were extremely useful and easy to follow. I can't believe I have paid the money I have to get even simple jobs done and now I know exactly why. I trusted too many of the wrong people and accepted the way they did business. No more of that, it's FULL disclosure time from here on! Thanks David!

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    I HAD NO IDEA what went on behind the scenes and how to protect myself!

    This book really opened my eyes to how things are done if you are not in the construction business. David really explained things in very simple terms which I could easily track along with and I appreciated that. I can hardly wait to tackle my first project: The master bathroom, who knows, maybe the kitchen will be next!

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