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Homeowners’ guide to profitable renovations

Realty broker's book targets first-time buyers

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Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a longtime homeowner, you will profit from reading "The First-Time Homeowner's Survival Guide" by Sid Davis. He is both an experienced real estate broker and a home renovator so he knows which home repairs and renovations will reflect well in home enjoyment and increased resale value. The book begins with the basics of repairing and upgrading home electrical systems and plumbing. Davis shares his construction knowledge without becoming super-technical. Photos illustrate his topics. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. For example, he recommends upgrading home electrical service for both safety from fires and for greater enjoyment with no blown circuit breakers on overloaded circuits. Having been involved renovating many houses, I related to most of the author's suggestions and helpful shortcuts. However, if the book has a flaw it makes the do-it-yourself projects such as replacing old faucets seem too simple. Watching an exper...