How To Hire A Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Chiseled: An experienced home contractor explains how to: find a contractor or architect, ... avoid the scams, get the most for your money

Newly updated and revised to reflect the latest prices, materials and consumer-protection information, How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor Without Getting Chiseled is must reading for anyone who plans to embark on a home improvement project.

Tom Philbin, a home improvement expert offers sage tips and reliable advice on the steps you need to take to ensure a good job at a fair price. Topics covered include:

planning a project
soliciting bids
selecting a contractor or architect
obtaining a loan
preparing a contract
supervising work
settling disputes
and staying in control of the money

Complete descriptions of dozens of actual home improvement projects show you how the jobs are done and how to detect and avoid ripoffs and faulty workmanship. More than one hundred photos, charts, and diagrams follow projects from blueprint to finish.