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My Home, My Money Pit
Your Guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure

by Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete

      This guide to home improvement offers straighforward advice on flooring, painting, decorating, heating and air conditioning systems, kitchen and bathroom renovations, media rooms, garages and much, much more.

The authors address the questions you should ask before you start a home project. For example, should you do it yourself or hire a professional? How do you find the right contractor, electrician or plumber? Which renovations will add value to you home and which won't?

Looking for some ways of improving your home's curb appeal or information on what type of fence to construct in your backyard? How about some ideas for creating a cool room for your child or launching a kitchen makeover that won't drain your bank account?

These are just some of the projects that the authors cover in this handy paperback. There are also plenty of sidebars with helpful "green" tips on topics from appliances that offer high-tech efficiency to how an aerator will decrease water usage and save you money.

No matter the size of a project, Kraeutler and Segrete encourage the homeowner to always have a clear idea of what outcome is expected. Then realistically assess your own abilities to determine if you need outside assistance. Finally, set a budget and stick to it.

Your home need not be a "money pit" if you heed this advice.

The Book

Knack / Globe Pequot Press
August 2008
Non-fiction / Home improvement
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2008
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