Introduction to  
Working With Your Contractor

  •   280 pages
  •  21 illustrations & photos
  •   32 tables & forms

Hiring a contractor to do work is a normal part of living for most people.  Some of us hire "contractors" for help in doing simple things like painting or cleaning, while others hire for more major undertakings.  It doesn't matter how small the job is: if you don't follow certain basic guidelines, things will go wrong.

Working With Your Contractor is the first book in an informational series that serves as a coach to help you through your projects. By spending a little time up front in planning your project and researching your professionals, Image5.jpgyou will be well rewarded by the satisfactory end result and a less stressful journey to get there.

The organization of these books includes much of what I have learned in the various roles I have been in: homeowner, contractor, architect, consultant. In Working With Your Contractor, the first two chapters address how you define what it is you want your contractor to build. The first chapter speaks to the importance of remembering time-- your time-- as part of planning & building the project. This is something that I find most people forget in the process of building something. The second chapter addresses how you can define your goals so you can communicate clearly what it is that you want the contractor to construct.

Image6.jpgThe chapters that follow are about the functional & logistical issues about working with contractors. Chapters 3 and 4 provide information about how all contractors work and the many different types of contracting firms. Chapter 5 shows a time-tested way to select a contractor. Chapter 6 is about how to have a decent agreement with a contractor. Chapters 7 and 8 are about how to work with a contractor during construction and how to handle mistakes (yes they will occur!) on your project. There is a large section for appendices that provides you with many samples and techniques.

We have created a special web site exclusively for owners of Working With Your Contractor. It's a new concept called Webpendix(TM), set up especially for readers to download more information and forms that are too cumbersome to place in the physical book and to provide documents that you can use directly or tailor for your project. The Webpendix awaits your exploration with a plethora of resources at your disposal to get you through your project more quickly and with fewer hassles.


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