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Avoiding the Con in Construction-How to plan for hassle-free home building, renovation & repair Perfect Paperback – May 5, 2010
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In this extremely useful book, Ricchi, a Florida building contractor, introduces homeowners to construction contracting in understandable language. She discusses how to avoid common pitfalls and survive the entire process. The purpose here is not to defame contractors but to make readers knowledgeable customers. Planning, pricing, and many other important factors are neatly explained. This specialized book is highly recommended.' - Library Journal, June 2010
A well-written, easy-to-understand book that every home owner should read before construction starts! --Rick Watson, Building a Safer Florida, Inc. (BASF)
An informative and important book that every property owner should read before taking on a construction project. --Douglas Harvey, Executive Director, Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF)
In construction, tools are essential. This book is a beneficial tool for both the homeowner and the contractor. It is a good guide to help you have a successful home-building, renovation, and repair experience. --Greg Crow, former President and Present Chair, National Association of State Contractor Licensing (NASCLA) publications
It's a blitzkrieg education in how to work with contractors, with an emphasis on what many homeowners may consider the 'boring' side of the process: contracts, insurance, permits, process, and so on. - Lee Walender, About. com
From the Back Cover
Do you want to build a new house or contract for a major repair, renovation or addition? Here's the blueprint that will help ensure that your project is done correctly, on time, and on budget.
Avoiding the Con in Construction is a comprehensive guide that covers the bases of construction contracting-in terms that you can understand!
Did you know that:
*Without a clear and inclusive Scope of Work you construction costs could easily double?
*Contracts are generally written to favor the author, that is, usually the contractor?
*Liens can cause you to lose your home?
Whether you are planning a small repair, remodel, or addition, or the construction of a new home, the same contracting procedures and protective guidelines generally apply. Avoiding the Con in Construction demystifies the construction contracting process so that you can make informed contracting decisions.
You'll learn now to:
*Develop a concise and inclusive Scope of Work that details what, exactly, the contractor will do
*Research the contractor's license and insurance, as well as his or her construction history and personal background
*Recognize proposals and contracts that are one-sided or unfair
In addition, this book explains the permitting and inspection process, and how it benefits you. Pitfalls such as liens, jobsite injuries, and other costly events are explained, as are the methods to avoid them.
As an experienced contractor with insider knowledge, Kia Ricchi takes the complex and makes it simple and fun. With Avoiding the Con in Construction in hand, you won't be left in the dark the next time you undertake a construction project.
"In construction, tools are essential. This book is a beneficial tool for both the homeowner and contractor. It is a good guide to help you have a successful home-building, renovation, and repair experience." Greg Crow, Former President and Present Chair, National Association of State Contractor Licensing (NASCLA) Publications.
"An informative and important book that every property owner should read before taking on a construction project." Douglas Harvey, Executive Director, Building Officials of Florida. (BOAF)
"A well-written, easy-to-understand book that every homeowner should read before construction starts!" Rick Watson, Treasurer, Building a Safer Florida, Inc.
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If you've lost money in the past and you're hesitant about entering the market again, read this book. It enlightening.
"Why didn't you call me first?" I answered, "I could have given you Kia Ricci's book, Avoiding the Con in Construction. Now it's too late, you will probably never see that money again." Even the contractor licensing board could not get that money back, because the person they gave the check to somehow diverted the money away from the company with the construction license. You would think that criminal charges would be brought against the thief, but the prosecutors are not out looking for more work.
A contractor does not need to be a con-man in order to waste your money. As an engineer who spent several years in the Hurricane Andrew rebuilding, I saw many cases of homeowners wasting all their insurance money on contractors who could not perform the job for the amount they bid. Then a lawyer would promise 'I'll go after that guy and get your money back' - but by that time, the money is spent and gone; the lawyer gets paid, but there is nothing left to recover. If a contractor is just incompetent in bidding, or a bad businessman who fails to recognize that material prices will rise, or who takes on too many jobs at once, then your job will end up unfinished or less than satisfactory. Commercial construction attracts many of the better contractors; leaving residential construction with a lot higher percentage of less competent or less honest practitioners, and almost 100% of the outright cons and frauds.
This book will help you avoid the many pitfalls of construction, including how to find good legit contractors; the contract aspects of scoping the work, setting a schedule, and defining milestones for payment; the technical aspects of the actual construction work; decision-making and changes; and most important, covering your legal obligations with the construction lien laws and avoiding the potential for a double-whammy there.
Ricci speaks from years of experience in construction as an artist, tradesperson, and licensed contractor. This book will be the best money that you spend on your project, large or small. Avoiding mistakes like my friend Michael's will be second nature once you digest this easy-to-read guide.