On Time and on Budget: A Home Renovation Survival Guide

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John Rusk, contractor and renovation mediator, knows the ins and outs of the renovation business and in On Time and On Budget he explains everything you need to know before picking up the phone. In an engaging and informative style, Rusk shows you how to negotiate with a contractor, structure a payment schedule that is fair to everyone, and create the vital "punchlist" that guarantees the completion of a successful renovation - on time and on budget. Rusk takes you through every step of a renovation project - ...
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Overview

John Rusk, contractor and renovation mediator, knows the ins and outs of the renovation business and in On Time and On Budget he explains everything you need to know before picking up the phone. In an engaging and informative style, Rusk shows you how to negotiate with a contractor, structure a payment schedule that is fair to everyone, and create the vital "punchlist" that guarantees the completion of a successful renovation - on time and on budget. Rusk takes you through every step of a renovation project - from the design stage, when the plans are drawn, to the construction stage, when the walls finally go up. He explains why things often go wrong and how to make sure you get the best work from your architect and contractor. And he shows you how to avoid the disputes that so often lead to disappointment and disaster.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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With humor and insight, renovator and mediator Rusk guides the reader through the process of home renovation using vignettes from two projects. Both are set up as "projects from hell," where the homeowner is ill informed, the contractor opportunistic, and the result less than desirable. Through his thorough negotiation techniques, employed at every step of the renovation process, Rusk shows the way to a successful project and identifies the major problems in a renovation-money, time, power, management, and quality-and their effective resolution. He takes each project through mediation to a successful conclusion, but the terror and suspense are sufficiently maintained to be truthful and interesting. Appendixes discuss building materials for various projects and sample language for contracts and mediation. Recommended.-Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
Mike Tribby
Because New York building contractor Rusk became a student in the Harvard Law School program on negotiation, the world has gained an author uniquely qualified to help would-be home remodelers and builders communicate with professionals in the field. Providing specific guidelines for each phase of a project, Rusk explains the pros and cons of material and construction options for floors, foundations, and walls and discusses value versus cost in easy-to-read style. In fictional "Nightmare Kitchen" and "Dream Kitchen" stories, he applies negotiation principles to realistic settings, keeping us engaged with developing plots. Reading the book may help prevent much of the frustration that has become a routine part of home remodeling, because while most laymen know they need help with construction, many fail to realize that success depends on communication and conflict resolution skills, too. A very good candidate for public library business collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385475013
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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