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Right from the start, Ms. Higgins advises us to plan, and pay close attention to the small stuff. Homeowners need to know exactly what they want, right down to the types of materials, finish, and fancy adornments. Other chapters provide necessary definitions and aid with the interview process (general contractors, sub-contractors, etc.). Money is a definite topic, and budgeting, bidding, and payment schedules are also given their fair share of time. Ms. Higgins also discusses what happens when a project is concluded, and what to do if you are not satisfied (both during or at the project’s end).
Very helpful are the checklists. The author explains that small items missed in the planning stage can turn into overruns costing hundreds or thousands of dollars, or that clauses not included in the written contracts could cause miscommunications and lead to change orders and more overruns. Meetings with those who will participate in the project are not forgotten, and sample agendas are provided. In fact, every type of list and form that one could think of are part of this book.
I have contracted to have one home built from scratch, and also had some remodeling done. While I got out relatively unscathed, I shudder to think what may have happened if the issues that arose could not have been worked out as amicably as they were. This book will definitely be on the top of my desk the next time I face a new build or a remodel. Five stars.
My thanks to NetGalley and Schiffer Publishing for an advance copy of this book.
The value in Remodel Success comes through honestly completing the planning exercises, carefully evaluating potential resources, and employing project management practices. The methods and guidance do not eliminate all challenges. Rather, these tools help you discover problems early when the problems are easier, cheaper, and quicker to resolve or remedy. Homeowners using these methods should bring their remodeling projects to a successful conclusion sooner, less expensively and with higher quality.
Remodel Success draws upon the author’s career experience as a Construction Manager helping her clients effectively, efficiently complete remodeling projects through planning and employing project management. This is a book about decision making, planning, financing, contracting, communicating, and managing the process of remodeling a house. Her methods incorporate proven project management techniques that balance time, money, and objectives. And she includes planning tasks, checklists, helpful tips, and examples that cover many of the decisions and choices that homeowners face during these projects.
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