If you’ve ever taken on an older home with a customer on a tight budget, you’ll appreciate the sage advice you’ll find in this unique book. It lists practically every job you’ll run into and offers practical advice on how to fix them, from repairing concrete work and solving drainage problems to plumbing and electrical repair. Most of these fixes border on handyman-style patches, and offer unique ways of getting your foot in the door as a reliable remodeler to call on for larger jobs.
You’ll find tips on identifying emergencies and making quick fixes, roofing and siding repair, repairing windows and doors, porch repair, repairing concrete work and foundations, dealing with drainage problems, repairing garages, making basic structural repairs, heating and electrical modifications, wall and ceiling repair, bathrooms, kitchens, and restoring older homes to their original style.
This book demonstrates how you can convince the homeowner that by adding economical improvements, along with some know-how and elbow grease, you can increase the property value by two, five or even ten times the cost of the remodel.
Here you’ll learn the secrets and techniques of a remodeler who’s been putting these “quick fix” techniques to work on Victorian, Craftsman and other older houses for more than 20 years. You’ll learn what’s worth repairing, what to replace, what to leave, and where to call in the experts so you can remodel or restyle older homes for the least amount of money and the greatest increase in value.
The tips in this book are guaranteed to help you take on the challenges of smaller jobs that can later lead to larger jobs. It’s essential reading for all remodelers who deal with older homes.