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Remodel success : home remodeling done right, on time, and on budget
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Most homeowners are uninformed and ill-prepared for big-ticket remodels. The knowledge they do have often comes from reality-TV home makeover shows that gloss over the ingredients essential to success. This book by a construction management pro gives homeowners increased confidence in making remodeling decisions, and peace of mind. Learn the six biggest mistakes people make when building a remodeling dream team, painless ways to shave the budget, what to do when your contractor isn't listening, and where to find financing. In the coming years, home remodeling activity is projected to accelerate, maintaining a growth rate above its long-term trend, according to Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. Use the guide's exercises and checklists to help you develop and articulate your remodeling goals, make decisions that align with your vision, and manage details, relationships, and budget.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introduction: Your Home, Your Wayp. 11
Part 1Groundwork
1Get Crystal Clear on What You Wantp. 16
Discover the best way to conceptualize your vision to create a remodel you absolutely love.
2Inspect Your Homep. 28
Learn the top five reasons why you must inspect your home before starting your remodel.
3Understand the Limitationsp. 33
Discover how permits, covenants, and zoning affect what you're allowed to do with your home.
4Organize Your Human Capitalp. 37
Learn about the types of pros you'll need on your team and how to screen them.
5Work with a Design Prop. 44
Discover the best way to work with a design professional to match your ideas to reality.
6Budget Realisticallyp. 49
Discover painless ways to shave your budget.
7Find the Money Treep. 57
Learn about your finance and incentive options and how to strengthen your loan application.
8Create a Visual Road Mapp. 61
Learn how construction documents capture your vision.
Part 2Build
9Choose a Contractorp. 67
Discover the most effective way to "speed date" a contractor
10Conduct a Pre-Bid Meetingp. 72
Learn the best way to get an accurate bid.
11Review the Bidsp. 78
Discover how to compare bids and make an informed decision.
12Get the Moneyp. 85
Learn the best way to get all the money you need.
13Review the Contractp. 91
Learn the elements of a solid contract.
14Reduce Riskp. 99
Learn five strategies that will save you loads of heartache in the future.
15Pay Smartp. 105
Learn how to avoid the number one error people make when paying for work.
16Stay Updatedp. 112
Learn how to avoid expensive glitches.
17Manage Change Ordersp. 115
Learn how to stay on budget and on schedule when your plan requires adjustments.
18Resolve Disputesp. 119
Learn the five crucial steps to take when your contractor isn't listening to you.
Part 3Wrap-Up
19Close it Outp. 123
Learn the four best practices for closing out your project.
20Celebrate Your Successp. 128
Learn how to make the most of your successful remodel.
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