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Maricopa Publishing LLC
Phone: (805) 403-4437

We're planning a remodel on our home and are hoping to minimize costs by doing some of the work ourselves. This book is the perfect guide for us to understand which portions of the project we truly need to use a contractor for and what we can do on our own."

- Tom Martin, homeowner, Santa Barbara, CA

About the Book

Screw It! I'll Be My Own Contractor is for those interested in building your own home or managing a construction project. If you're a DIY builder you will find information here that will make your DIY remodel go smoothly and let you have fun with your project.

If you want to be your own contractor you will find answers to all your questions:

How do I find good people I can trust to do the work?

Section Two – The Bidding Process
Discover ways to find good builders and to filter out the bad.

Do I need a permit? What do I have to do to get one?

Section Three – Permits and Inspections
All the procedures in getting a permit are discussed here.

How do I find someone to draw the plans?

Section One – Hiring an Architect or Designer
All you need to know about hiring someone to design your project is found in this section. You will see who to look for, things you'll need to provide for them and what questions to ask.

How much is this going to cost?
  How can I make a budget that includes everything?

Section Two – The Cost Breakdown
Here you will learn how a cost breakdown is built, what categories need to be hard numbers and which can be allowances, and a sample budget for you to study.

If you're looking for a topic that is of particular interest to you, download the Table of Contents to see everything covered in the book.