A How To book written by a contractor for those interested in perfecting their new construction or remodel project.
An Inside Look into The Book
If you are a DIY builder you will find information here that will make your DIY remodel go smoothly and let you have fun with your project. If you want to be your own contractor you will find answers to all your questions:
How do I find good people I can trust to do the work?
Section Two – The Bidding Process
Discover ways to find good builders and to filter out the bad.
Do I need a permit? What do I have to do to get one?
Section Three – Permits and Inspections
All the procedures in getting a permit are discussed here.
How do I find someone to draw the plans?
Section One – Hiring an Architect or Designer
All you need to know about hiring someone to design your project is found in this section. You will see who to look for, things you’ll need to provide for them and what questions to ask.
How much is this going to cost?
How can I make a budget that includes everything?
Section Two – The Cost Breakdown
Here you will learn how a cost breakdown is built, what categories need to be hard numbers and which can be allowances, and a sample budget for you to study.
Embarking on a construction project on one’s own takes a fair amount of information gathering in order to be successful. Owner/builders need to know the steps to be taken. Here are a few of the common mistakes beginners make when they don’t know the process:
- Neglecting to do a thorough job of screening all subcontractors before they are signed on as part of the construction team.
- Signing contract proposals with no verified license or proof of insurance.
- Beginning work without a complete schedule and budget.
- Failing to keep the trades aware of the schedule.
- Funding pay requests without first evaluating what is being invoiced.
- Lack of communication with subcontractors and material suppliers.
How To Manage My Construction Project
- What are the responsibilities of being an owner/builder?
- Besides saving money, why would anyone want to be their own contractor?
- What’s the downside of being an owner/builder? What’s the upside?
- Who do you hire first and why?
- How many subcontractors does one need on a job?
- What is the best way to go about hiring qualified independent trade contractors like painters and plumbers?
- How does one find out what the going rate is for independent trade contractors?
- How can an owner/builder determine if their budget is realistic?
- Should an owner/builder take out a loan to build a dream home? If so, what’s the best way to do that?
- There’s a lot of talk about Green Building. What’s the advantage of this and is it more expensive?
“We’ve all felt overwhelmed with home improvement projects, whether it be hiring the right subcontractors, managing budgets or dealing with permits and city/county laws. This book is full of practical tips around all areas of home improvement and project management — it’s a valuable tool that helped me make the wisest decisions and be best prepared to handle all our project challenges.” —Michael Luciano, homeowner and senior software engineer
“This book is not rocket science. It’s a great book for the first-time builder. I have done multiple building projects and it would have been great help in the early days.” —Tom Blackwell, residential and commercial owner/builder and businessman
“Screw It!…” shows women everywhere how empowering it can be to take control and become their own home improvement contractor!” —Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin, co-founders of BeJane.com and co-authors of Be Jane’s Guide To Home Empowerment
“Any owner/builder can find pearls of wisdom in this book, regardless of your level of experience. By utilizing Mr. Trimble’s sage advice you are likely to save yourself time, money and trouble.” —Dr. Holly Castle, N.D., owner/builder of numerous projects
“We’re planning a remodel on our home and are hoping to minimize costs by doing some of the work ourselves. This book is the perfect guide for us to understand which portions of the project we truly need to use a contractor for and what we can do on our own.” —Tom Martin, homeowner, Santa Barbara, CA
“This is the best guide to being your own contractor that I have seen in 20 plus years of financing owner/builders. It is simple, easy to understand, but explains in great detail every step of managing your project from start to finish. If you follow this guide you will be successful.” —Dennis C. Giaconne, President, Redwood Financial Ltd.