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For years I have floundered around dealing with one contractor and then another. This book explains what I need to know to better communicate with them. I am now more confident and more successful with this book by my side as a reference tool.
"The glossary alone in this book is worth the entire price of the book. It's a virtual encyclopaedia of building information in layman's terms."
"What a bonus it was to have all the online forms included with the book - construction specifications (CSI), budget, costing, checklists, punch lists
"Other books i saw on the bookstore shelf seemed to assume all contractors are dishonest or scams, and focussed on getting you out of bad situations. Bershad takes the opposite approach by coaching you to find a reputible contractor and helps you develop a trusting & professional working relationship so there will be no problems, and you'll be happy with the process and results."
"I thought I knew at least a little about hiring the services of building professionals-- boy, what I found out that I didn't know after reading about hiring contractors! Blaine Bershad is a great teacher!"
"Before reading WWYC, I was hesitant about embarking on a remodeling project. But now, armed with all this great information, I feel confident in how to find, hire, and communicate with a builder."
Almost all construction projects are "additive" in nature. Usually, rough construction for structure, plumbing pipes, electric lines, etc. all have to be in place prior to finishes being installed. If the finish isnt known during the rough construction times, certain finishes or details can become quite expensive to add to the project. Most of the time, a finish detail may require that a rough detail be accomplished in a certain way. If you are thinking about a specific finish and all of the related rough construction is not properly in place, this finish detail may be costly to transform into reality. Of course if the finish or detail is known ahead of time, this isnt an issue.
Specifications for a small project
Interview questions for Selecting a contractor
Contractor pricing breakdown
Site visit reports
Telephone report form
Progress payment forms