Amazon’s #1 New Release Covers the Major Aspects of Building and Renovating with a Focus on Saving Money While Not Sacrificing Quality

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Author and Homeowner Shares His Experience Building an Addition onto Historic Chicago Home, Threshold Publishing, LLC

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The Homeowner's Guide to Contracting, Building, and Remodeling

Building or remodeling a home can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life, but it can also be a stressful and daunting challenge. In his new book, The Homeowner’s Guide to Contracting, Building, and Remodeling: Save a Fortune Learning What Contractors Don’t Want You to Know, author Joe Oswald shares his knowledge and experience general contracting his own three-level addition on a 1929 Spanish Revival home in Chicago. The book was Amazon’s #1 new release for April in their Home Design and Construction category.

Oswald details the entire project including how he was able to save several tens of thousands of dollars over estimates he received from general contractors simply by ordering his own materials and hiring his own sub-contractors. With experience renovating a previous home and the knowledge he had from taking a general contracting class and working for a home developer years earlier, Oswald decided to tackle the project himself, including evaluating and ordering materials, planning the mechanical systems, and meeting with home inspectors.

Whether working with a general contractor or acting as their own contractor, homeowners will learn more about the building and renovation process while learning industry secrets that could easily save tens of thousands of dollars on a major project. Written from the perspective of a homeowner, Oswald offers valuable, first-hand information designed to help homeowners save money by learning to control their costs while completing their project on time and within budget.

The book covers such things as builder markups, financing options, obtaining estimates for materials and labor, finding and hiring contractors, applying for permits, working with inspectors, and learning the practical uses and installation methods of many home improvement products.

Organized to cover the major phases of construction and renovation from the foundation to the roof and everything in between, this book is complete with over a hundred photographs, checklists, builder insights, and inspirational quotations. The Kindle edition has color photographs and hyperlinks to renovation videos and articles from the bibliography.

“A valuable guide to contracting, building, and renovating, homeowners will surely benefit from Joe Oswald’s knowledge and experience.” Joe Carroll, Architect.

“Written from the perspective of a homeowner, Joe Oswald shares his knowledge and attention to detail in a straightforward and user-friendly style.” Alan Boerner, Electrical Contractor.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through other bookstores (ISBN-13: 978-0-9709734-4-3, 263 pages).

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