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We've all felt overwhelmed with home improvement projects, whether it be hiring the right subcontractors, managing budgets or dealing with permits and city/county laws. This book is full of practical tips around all areas of home improvement and project management — it's a valuable tool that helped me make the wisest decisions and be best prepared to handle all our project challenges."

- Michael Luciano, homeowner and senior software engineer

Screw It! I'll Be My Own Contractor Press Release
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Author is available for interview. To schedule an interview, or to request a review copy of the book, contact Gail Kearns, Book Shepherd - To Press and Beyond: 805-898-2263 or gail@topressandbeyond.com

A TREND IN THE CRIPPLING HOUSING MARKET
Homeowners Make Improvements to Existing Homes, Adding Value for the Future

(Scottsdale, Arizona, August 01, 2008) -- Tighter lending standards, foreclosures and wary buyers means there is an enormous inventory of empty housing units adversely affecting the sale of existing homes. Homeowners who might want to sell and buy a bigger and better place to live are now choosing to stay where they are and make home improvements on what they already own. But even that can be a financial strain.

As indicated by author Bill Trimble (Screw It! I’ll be My Own Contractor; Maricopa Publishing, September 2008), there are some relatively inexpensive ways to spruce up your home until the market stabilizes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Clean up your yard and do a little landscaping. Fixing up the outside is simple but effective and maybe even the single most cost-effective investment you can make to increase the value of your house!
  • Put in a new room, or remodel one. The National Association of Realtors says that a kitchen or bath remodel can return 102.2% of your investment. WOW!
  • There is a rapidly growing demand for energy efficient homes. Add a solar panel to help with the water heating bill, or exchange that old rusting furnace with a new unit with high efficiency rating. You could also replace your old single pane windows with thermal pane units.
  • Change patio covers and enclosures to make these areas more of an extension of the inside living space. This not only improves your living environment but it makes your home appear much larger to a prospective buyer.

In short, spend money on what can be seen. And if you’ve got a little more to spend on a major re-do, why not be your own contractor? Bill Trimble is the answer man for all your owner/builder aspirations. Trimble has won the Master Builders Award and the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award and was given the Award of Merit at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. His new book Screw It! I’ll Be My Own Contractor will guide you through all the phases of being the manager of your dream project. And you’ll have fun doing it!

Meet Author William A. Trimble

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Ask Bill Trimble what question has never been answered for him and he’ll probably say he can’t conceive of the concept of never-ending space. That’s not surprising for someone who has had almost thirty years of experience in custom home construction, and deals with finite space on a daily basis. Among other things, Bill has worked as a “hands-on” builder, a superintendent, a project manager and a general contractor. He likes to be known as the “answer man” in his field. And he likes educating people who have a yen to build their own dream home, whether it’s a vacation cabin or a permanent residence. In fact, while teaching classes for owner/builders, he got more students coming to him than he ever dreamed he would. His classes filled up with waiting lists. Many of his students urged him to write a book…and so he did.

Bill’s best advice to aspiring owner-builders is to learn how to manage what they are undertaking (it’s not enough to know how to perform trade tasks), keep up communications with the subcontractors and pay careful attention to the schedule. And don’t forget to have fun with their dream project!

Trimble has won the Master Builders Award and the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award and was given the Award of Merit at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. If he weren’t doing what he’s doing today, he’d like to pursue his interest in a few biological sciences or become a motivational speaker. He loves reading, sailing, classical music, good jazz, Laurel and Hardy and the humor of William Buckley. His interests are, shall we say, eclectic. (Secretly he’d like to get paid to hang around bookstores!) If asked what the most unusual item in his toolbox is, he would tell you about the sign that reads “No Sniveling,” which he readily shows to any complainer on his job site!

Bill Trimble lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA.

Talking Points: Top 6 Mistakes Owner/Builders Make

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Embarking on a construction project on one’s own takes a fair amount of information gathering in order to be successful. Owner/builders need to know the steps to be taken. Here are a few of the common mistakes beginners make when they don’t know the process:

  1. Neglecting to do a thorough job of screening all subcontractors before they are signed on as part of the construction team.
  2. Signing contract proposals with no verified license or proof of insurance.
  3. Beginning work without a complete schedule and budget.
  4. Failing to keep the trades aware of the schedule.
  5. Funding pay requests without first evaluating what is being invoiced.
  6. Lack of communication with subcontractors and material suppliers.

Questions for the Media

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  1. What are the responsibilities of being an owner/builder?
  2. Besides saving money, why would anyone want to be their own contractor?
  3. What’s the downside of being an owner/builder? What’s the upside?
  4. Who do you hire first and why?
  5. How many subcontractors does one need on a job?
  6. What is the best way to go about hiring qualified independent trade contractors like painters and plumbers?
  7. How does one find out what the going rate is for independent trade contractors?
  8. How can an owner/builder determine if their budget is realistic?
  9. Should an owner/builder take out a loan to build a dream home? If so, what’s the best way to do that?
  10. There’s a lot of talk about Green Building. What’s the advantage of this and is it more expensive?

What Others Are Saying About Screw It!

“Any owner/builder can find pearls of wisdom in this book, regardless of your level of experience. By utilizing Mr. Trimble’s sage advice you are likely to save yourself time, money and trouble.”
   -- Dr. Holly Castle, N.D., owner/builder of numerous projects

Screw It!...” shows women everywhere how empowering it can be to take control and become their own home improvement contractor!”
   -- Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin, co-founders of BeJane.com and co-authors of Be Jane’s Guide To Home Empowerment

“This is the best guide to being your own contractor that I have seen in 20 plus years of financing owner/builders. It is simple, easy to understand, but explains in great detail every step of managing your project from start to finish. If you follow this guide you will be successful.”
   -- Dennis C. Giaconne, President, Redwood Financial Ltd.

“This book is not rocket science. It’s a great book for the first-time builder. I have done multiple building projects and it would have been great help in the early days.”
   -- Tom Blackwell, residential and commercial owner/builder and businessman

“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

"We've all felt overwhelmed with home improvement projects, whether it be hiring the right subcontractors, managing budgets or dealing with permits and city/county laws. This book is full of practical tips around all areas of home improvement and project management — it's a valuable tool that helped me make the wisest decisions and be best prepared to handle all our project challenges.”
   -- Michael Luciano, homeowner and senior software engineer