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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2006
This is an excellent book for anyone thinking about doing a reno or even building a new home. The book is jam packed with ways to make sure you pick the right general contractor, how much the project should cost on average, and how much time the project should take. Mike also makes many recommendations on what types of building materials and finishes you should use for each type of project and if you will need a permit for that project. I know this book will help me when I start building my new home. If you liked this book I would also recommend checking out the "Holmes on Homes" TV series on DVD from which some of the pictures in the book came from. Keep up the good work Mike!!

Jeff
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2006
I just wish that I had this book when I went through my 1st reno. Mike's advice is so straight forward, well thought out, and jam packed with valuable advice that could save you thousands of dollars and many headaches!! Reading this book is like having Mike's hand on your shoulder guiding you through your renovation.

Thanks Mike!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2008
Mike Holmes - my hero?

This is a book is a no-nonsense guide for homeowners.

It covers all the basics like how to find a reliable contractor, building codes, new materials and techniques

The book goes into detail about renovating kitchens, bathrooms, basements and additions. I found the checklists and photographs are a big help too.

The more you know as a home owner the better it is for all us pros too.
Get informed with mike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2010
Thank you Mike Holmes for writing such an exceptional book. I haven't read the whole book yet, but the parts I've read have been real eye openers. I'm remodeling and hoping to build my own home in the near future and already I have learned the correct techniques for doing a job once and doing it right. Exceptional book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2009
Mike Holmes really does help you "make it right". He explains why some methods work and others don't when you are renovating. His instructions are very easy to follow and understand.
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on December 5, 2014
I've been re-reading this book lately and Mike is dead-on right. I've been renovating and building for over 30 years and things will go wrong. But you can reduce many of the common problems by applying his advice. Yes, much of it is common sense. But you know what the problem is with common sense....Most of the time, you will avoid big troubles if you follow Mikes book. Like Mike says, good contractors want to properly document and explain things. Most of the time, by far, problems occur because of a lack of one of these two important steps. Here is a tip: If your contractor bad mouths Mike, move on. We may not always have the resources to work with that he does, but our goal, as contractors, should always be to provide a safe and very high quality service.
I just can't imagine a GOOD contractor NOT liking this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2008
Thank-you Mike to you and your Dad for having the philosophy of "doing it right the first time". This book provides a load of insights and good knowledge in renovating or building new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Offered has a gift and very much appreciated for all the informations that it contains.
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on November 3, 2014
Mike Holmes really writes a book that enables homeowners to tackle renovations with confidence. He gives the reader the tools to confidently hire competent people and gives you the ability to spot good work.
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on October 24, 2013
The book showed me little actual steps to fix a home, that was my initial expectation. Rather, it showed a mind set that I should have to maintain my house. It definitely helps me get my foot in areas like home Reno, house maintenance and expectation for a contractor.

A couple of take away for whom didn't have a chance to read the book--- A, hiring Mike to Reno your house. Because finding a right contractor to do the right job is ridiculously tough. Which leads to option B, take the time finding a contractor, teach yourself thoroughly before you start any job, even it's a small job.
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