Tips and Traps for Hiring a Contractor

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DON'T GET RIPPED OFF WHEN HIRING A CONTRACTOR!

DO GET THE RESULTS YOU WANT, AT A FAIR PRICE!

You can avoid being a victim of unscrupulous contractors with this homeowner-empowering guide from one of the most respected figures in construction. R. Dodge Woodson, a 30-year contracting veteran and the author of many books in the field, makes it simple to learn how to sort the competent professionals from the con artists who want your business; how ...

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Overview

DON'T GET RIPPED OFF WHEN HIRING A CONTRACTOR!

DO GET THE RESULTS YOU WANT, AT A FAIR PRICE!

You can avoid being a victim of unscrupulous contractors with this homeowner-empowering guide from one of the most respected figures in construction. R. Dodge Woodson, a 30-year contracting veteran and the author of many books in the field, makes it simple to learn how to sort the competent professionals from the con artists who want your business; how to get the best possible deal on the work you want done; and how to work successfully with contractors through every stage, from planning to final payment

In addition, by using the insider's information in this book, you can make expert decisions on quality, materials, and costs. Packed with features designed to make it easy for homeowners to use, this guide helps you—

  • Screen and hire honest, skilled home improvement professionals
  • Spot and eliminate "bad apples" BEFORE you sign anything
  • Make the bidding process work for you
  • Negotiate effectively
  • Get all the necessary details in writing
  • Estimate costs, with easy-to-use charts on labor and materials
  • Understand plans and specifications
  • Choose materials to be used in your addition, remodeling job, or maintenance project
  • Understand the tradeoffs in site, design, planning, and maintenance options
  • Make sound on-the-spot decisions
  • Keep your contractor on the straight and narrow — on time and on budget
  • Create a punch list

FILLED WITH DOLLAR SAVING TOOLS FOR THE HOMEOWNER

Sample checklists, forms, and contracts make it easier to handle every aspect of your home improvement projects. Highlighted tips and traps help you avoid money pits. Even if you have no prior experience with construction, remodeling, or professional home maintenance, this book can help you get your jobs done right — at the right cost!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071445849
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/6/2005
  • Series: Tips and Traps Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,359,113
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dodge Woodson is a licensed Class A Builder and Master Plumber with almost three decades' experience in the construction field. He also holds the real estate license Designated Broker, the highest classification of professional real estate licensure available. Mr. Woodson is the president and owner of Expert Realty Services, Inc., and also of The Masters Group, Inc. He bought his first piece of land in 1974 and has been a progressive land developer in Virginia and Maine for the last 29 years. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

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Table of Contents

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: Should You Be Your Own Contractor for Home Improvements?

Chapter 2: Hiring a General Contractor

Chapter 3: Plans and Specifications

Chapter 4: Putting Your Job Out for Bids

Chapter 5: Negotiating Your Best Deal

Chapter 6: Making Deposit and Installment Payments

Chapter 7: Putting It in Writing

Chapter 8: Keeping Your Contractor Honest

Chapter 9: Remodeling Rip-Offs

Chapter 10: Making the Commitment

Chapter 11: On-the-Spot Decisions

Chapter 12: The Punch-Out Process
INDEX
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