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The Streetwise HomeBuilder [Kindle Edition]

Michael Wolfe , Katherine Wolfe
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Book Description

The Streetwise HomeBuilder is written for the future client of a building project who is preparing to sink potentially thousands of dollars into their dream, and who has every right to employ every means necessary to ensure their project comes out the way they want it to, to be their dream and not their nightmare.

Our goal, then, is to put our thoughts down on paper well enough for you the reader to listen to, to understand, and to really take to heart. A summary of the essential points we will attempt to make in the upcoming chapters is as follows. The entire book is written to encourage you to:

* Adopt a deliberate, serious, and businesslike approach to the project, whether it is a simple deck in the back yard or the creation of an elaborate custom home. You must understand that if not handled properly, even the simplest project can lead to enormous aggravation and may even result in unnecessary legal battles. From the first day, prepare every contract document as if you were going to have to rely on it in court.

* Be deeply involved in the creation and the construction of the project. Research the thousands of options available to you and make your own informed decisions. Keep careful written records. Solemnly vow to never say to a builder, "You decide; we trust your judgment!"

* Understand the project must be completely built on paper first, down to the smallest detail, before the first shovel of dirt is turned. Waiting to make those "hard decisions" until after the project is actually under construction is a very expensive way to do business.

* Realize that for an investment of $100,000+, you deserve a quality product. Be particular about what you get for your money, and demand adherence to high standards.

* Become "streetwise" and understand that while the building industry is tough, it is really not any different from many other industries that we all have to deal with, i.e., the legal industry, the medical industry, etc. These industries are made up of networks of people who work together every day, and have done so for many years. Your business with them may only be a one-time shot. Recognize that the "loyalties" of the people in the industry may realistically be with those other inside people with whom they will have to depend upon for business, long after you and your project are gone. Your personal ability to control your own project, from start to finish, is the best ally you can have to guarantee a successful outcome.

The way we organized the book is to start out in the first chapter, on Contractors and Subcontractors, by giving you some nitty gritty insight into who these people are, how they work, and what are some of the underlying causes to many of the problems which occur in the homebuilding business. This understanding will help you anticipate as many of those problems as possible and hopefully avoid them. It will also give you a basis as to why we make the recommendations we do in the succeeding chapters.

Editorial Reviews


This new book is written for the protection of the consumer and discusses the process of building or renovating a home from the design phase to final completion. The authors took a unique approach to writing The Streetwise HomeBuilder. While the bookshelves are filled with construction "how-to" books, it is almost impossible to find straight forward information about why and how so many problems happen during construction projects. The authors have combined their 16 years experience with a cutting sense of humor... -- From the Publisher

From the Publisher

Streetwise Publishers is proud to build associations with organizations like the National Association of Home Builders and the American Bankers Association to bring the valuable information contained within The Streetwise HomeBuilder to the reading public.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1535 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,880,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Great Information April 2, 2000
After first skimming through this book, I was impressed with the content and planning order. After reading the book in its entirety, Kathy and Mike has done an exceptional job at helping the home buyer to prepare for the tedious journey of homebuilding. For their efforts, I am sincere. However, because I purchased an electronic copy of the book, I would have liked for the content to be more organized. Utilizing MS Word 97 style features would make it easier to navigate through the document. Lastly, because the book is packed with so much information you walk away with a to-do list. Nevertheless the book has 17 pages of detail specification sheets to complete. It would have been nice to for Kathy and Mike to write a simple to-do's list, one that I could have checked off as I went along. The book suggest how to convert the specification sheet into spreadsheet format, but I guess I'm lazy and don't want to spend the time. It is apparent that Mike nor Kathy is fluent in MS Word 97, but I don't want to minimize their efforts on that fact. At least the content was solid as a rock and just what I was looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this before buying a house July 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having never owned a home I had no idea how much I would need to know before starting the process. This book is essential for every potential home buyer or those wanting to build their own home. This books walks through the entire process, from finding a lender and a contractor, to how to sat within budget. I like that there is a worksheet at the end to help you plan everything out so that you don't go way over you budget. The authors even tell you what to watch out for so that you are not cheated: for instance, the contractor that skimps on quality materials thus making you newly built home inferior. All in all this is an excellent resource and a must read if you are planning on building your own home.
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