If you are thinking about building a house or renovating your current home, first read "Be Your Own House Contractor, Fifth Edition" by longtime home builder Carl Heldmann. This very valuable new book explains, according to the author, how to shave at least 25 percent off construction costs of a new house. More important, it goes into great detail of what is involved with being your own home contractor. Having been involved with renovating many houses and always hiring a remodeling contractor, I closely related to Heldmann's explanations of how to build a new house to save money or renovate an existing house without hiring a general contractor. The author explains how a general contractor's job seems almost easy (which it really isn't) and virtually anyone can save by being his/her own general contractor. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. A unique aspect of this new book is Heldmann refers readers to his Web site for additional resources to make the home construction process almost si...
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