The Renovator's Survival Guide

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Penguin Books, 2009 - Building - 259 pages
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  • Are you contemplating a renovation?
  • Do you think you know all about renovating houses because you happen to live in one?
  • Have you looked at other people's renovation disasters and said 'That will never happen to me'?

If you have answered 'yes' to any of the above, then this is the book for you. Amanda Falconer, building industry professional and home renovation survivor, shows Australian home-owners how to-

  • Raise finance
  • Find the right architect
  • Achieve good design
  • Negotiate council approvals
  • Deal with builders
  • Avoid cost blow-outs and delays

Written with humour and peppered with stories of renovation successes, near-misses and complete disasters, this is an easy-to-use guide to the most expensive activity you're ever likely to undertake, apart from buying the actual house.

'A client who's thoroughly prepared can make the difference between a job that goes well and one that doesn't. This book is a great start in the right direction.' Luke Van Dyck, third-generation builder and TV presenter

'I needed this book before I started my renovation, and I think all renovators should read it - before they even go to the bank to discuss the loan!' Ann Sherry AO, CEO Carnival Australia; ex-CEO, Bank of Melbourne and Westpac (NZ)

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About the author (2009)

Amanda Falconer is Sydney-based and works in marketing. For the past nine years she has worked in the building industry. She began renovation on her own home several years ago. It cost $70,000 more than the contract price, took two years longer, and ended in four years of legal action.

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