Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) March 28, 2005
ÂAll too often people donÂt make wise decisions with their investment dollars,Â says Mr. Sundquist. ÂOften they must go through a learning curve before they understand the process.Â ÂMy goal in authoring this booklet was to help consumers circumvent the often costly and time consuming learning curve, and help them leverage my lifetime of remodeling and building experienceÂ. ÂIt was easy to write because it is based on real life experiences of talking to hundreds of consumers, many who had no previous remodeling experienceÂ.
According to this yearÂs report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, ÂThe Changing Structure of the Home Remodeling IndustryÂ, remodeling expenditures in 2003 totaled 233 billion dollars. That pace is expected to continue with an inflation adjusted annual growth of 3%. A Better Business Bureau website states ÂEach year, home remodeling contractor problems rank among the top 10 consumer complaints to the Better Business Bureau. ÂClearly the consumer needs more educating about how to go about a remodeling projectÂ says Mr. Sundquist.
ÂThe top five mistakes I see people make are; paying too large of an up front deposit, failing to get mechanics lien releases, over building for the neighborhood, employing a contractor based solely on low price, and underinsuring the post-remodeled home,Â says Mr. Sundquist. ÂAny one of these can be very costly, but a combination of two or more could in the worst case put your home at serious riskÂ.
More information on the booklet can be accessed at http://www.remodelingtips.net or by calling 916-652-4427.
Sundquist Associates is a residential design/build remodeling firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erik Sundquist took over management of the company from his Father George in 1995, who founded the family business in 1969. Sundquist Associates has won several awards, the most recent being the 2005 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) CoTY (Contractor of the Year) award.
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