From the Publisher
There is no greater sense of accomplishment than creating a home that is modern and efficient-one that lives up to your personal standards and the needs of your life style and family. Remodeling is one of the best legal highs there is! (In fact, some people never stop remodeling and redecorating.) As satisfying and rewarding as remodeling is, it can also be time-consuming, expensive, nerve-racking and messy. Homeowners have a difficult time starting their remodeling projects, keeping them on budget (without creeping elegance taking over) and working with contractors, tradespeople and even lenders. No matter how big or how small the remodeling project is, there are many factors to consider, issues to be faced, decisions to be made and checks to write!
50 plus one Tips When Remodeling Your Home was written with you in mind. You are a homeowner and you want the best you can afford, for family and friends to enjoy, and to live in comfort. You are a couple with two jobs and personal and professional commitments that seem to consume your days. You are a spouse taking care of a family and have seemingly endless demands on your time and energy. You are single, have just bought your first condo and want to make it a home that matches your lifestyle and interests. Whoever you are, 50 plus one Tips When Remodeling Your Home is the book for you. You have access to practical, helpful and sensible advice from a home improvement expert with 25 years experience. You will get advice on how to:
Get your finances in shape in order to afford your home improvement.
Budget and plan your remodeling project.
Find a reliable, licensed contractor at the price you can afford.
Reduce the stress of remodeling, including keeping the kids, pets, spouse, the contractor and the neighbors all happy and motivated.
Ensure that you are getting quality work for the money spent.
Know whether you can do some or all of! the work yourself.
Negotiate and write a fair contract for your home improvement project.
Know what is or is not a good investment for your home in your area.
From the Author
Two major themes dominate this book which you should try to keep in mind at all times:
1. Pay strict attention to your budget and do not let the remodeling project get out of hand. It is so easy to get carried away, buying more than you should and improving the home beyond what the resale market for your home will bear. Use your tools and information in this book to control costs and to finance your remodeling project wisely.
2. Keep your emotions in check: in particular, learn the meaning of patience. Frustration can build up, often to the point of anger and lawsuits. Being upset is not going to get the job done. If you take a professional point of view, everyone else involved in the project will follow your lead.
Finally, forms and checklists are illustrated in the book.