Avoiding the Con in Construction -- New Book Aims to Protect Homeowners from Construction Pitfalls

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Award winning author to attend Capital Home Show on September 24-26, 2010

The Contractress

In construction, tools are essential. This book is a beneficial tool for both the homeowner and contractor.

Renovating a home is an expensive undertaking when things go right. When things go wrong, unexpected costs and delays can be financially devastating.

Ricchi (aka The Contractress) will offer insider advice and tips at the Capital Home Show (Booth #721) on September 24-26. The Capital Home Show is held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.

“We’ve all heard the horror stories,” says Kia Ricchi, a Florida licensed contractor and author of the new book, Avoiding the Con in Construction. “But there are steps homeowners can take to ensure that a construction project goes smoothly.”

In her book, Ricchi teaches homeowners how to use state websites to ensure that a contractor is properly licensed, insured and of sound character. Ricchi also explains the permitting and inspection process, and how it protects the homeowner. Pitfalls such as liens, jobsite injuries, and cost overruns are explained as well as the methods to avoid them.

“Whether a homeowner is planning to remodel, repair, or build a new home, the same contracting procedures and protective guidelines generally apply,” says Ricchi. Much of this information is available on her website http://www.thecontractress.com.

The Library Journal wrote on June 1, 2010-"In this extremely useful book, Ricchi, a Florida building contractor, introduces homeowners to construction contracting in understandable language. She discusses how to avoid common pitfalls and survive the entire process. The purpose here is not to defame contractors but to make readers knowledgeable customers. Planning, pricing, and many other important factors are neatly explained. This specialized book is highly recommended."

Avoiding the Con in Construction has won the 2010 Indie Excellence award and the Independent Publisher’s “Living Now” award.

Greg Crow, former president and current chair of the National Association of State Contractor Licensing (NASCLA) Publications, says: “In construction, tools are essential. This book is a beneficial tool for both the homeowner and contractor.” Douglas Harvey, executive director of Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF), commented: “An informative and important book that every property owner should read before taking on a construction project.”

The book retails for $19.95 and can be purchased in bookstores, at Amazon, and at http://www.thecontractress.com.

For more information, contact Kia Ricchi at kia(at)thecontractress.com or call (407)891-1422.


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