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How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Chiseled
     

How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Chiseled

by Tom Philbin
 

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An experienced home contractor offers reliable advice to readers on how to avoid the scams and get the most for their money--now updated to reflect the latest prices, materials, and consumer-protection information. 90 photos. 86 diagrams &charts.

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An experienced home contractor offers reliable advice to readers on how to avoid the scams and get the most for their money--now updated to reflect the latest prices, materials, and consumer-protection information. 90 photos. 86 diagrams &charts.

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Library Journal
Philbin, coauthor of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores ( LJ 3/1/89), seeks to help consumers from being ripped off by home improvement contractors. In the first section he deals with contractors; he explains, among other things, how to plan a project, get multiple bids, find the right contractor, and supervise that contractor. In the second part he discusses kinds of contracting jobs, such as electrical and plumbing, and the areas of the home, such as kitchens, where most work is performed. He includes a sample contract and glossary in the appendixes. There is a lot of interesting material, but Philbin tries to cover too much ground; it is difficult to become educated about ceramic tile or showers in three to six pages. While consumers will find more information from do-it-yourself magazine articles or by talking to the people in the lumberyards and hardware stores, this book may still serve as a handy resource in public libraries.-- Patty Miller, New Hampshire Technical Coll. Lib., Laconia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312045760
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/01/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Philbin is the author of thirty books in the hardware, home improvement, and do-it-yourself areas. He has hosted his own television home repair program, and has written hundreds of articles on the subject. He lives in Centerport, New York.

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