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TitleOur ReviewRetail PriceSale Price
1-Land - Electronic Edition$23.76 $11.99
    1-1. Buy and subdivide. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-2. Manage the impact fees. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-3. Stay on the grapevine. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-4. Save on land commissions. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-5. Buy land for back taxes or at auction. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-6. Partner up on a bigger lot. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-7. Don’t overlook “unavailable” pieces of land. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-8. Buy land directly from owner. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-9. Make an offer, like you do on a car. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-10. Buy land in the off-season. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-11. Land “in the boonies” - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-12. Running power to a lot in the country - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-13. If you have to build a road... - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-14. Free land - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-15. Savings on well drilling - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-16. Build in the right neighborhood. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-17. Share the cost of utilities and infrastructure. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-18. Fast, strong, inexpensive retaining walls. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-19. HELOC for land purchase - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-20. Buy a small part of a larger parcel. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-21. Land with an old house on it - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-22. Choose a lot that's easy to build on. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    1-23. Manage the permit fees. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
2-House Features - Electronic Edition$50.49 $11.99
    2-1. Start early. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-2. Build maintenance-free. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-3. Know what you want. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-4. Cost engineering - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-5. Check an unexpected source. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-6. Buy builder items. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-7. Upgrade inexpensively. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-8. Plan-ahead items - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-9. Question each item. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-10. Use built-ins. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-11. Cabinet creativity. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-12. Door smarts - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-13. Inexpensive cement flooring - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-14. Use a build-your-own-pool service. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-15. Make the house work for you. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-16. Be flexible. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-17. Select strategic features that are desirable in your market. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-18. Develop a good cohesive design with drama and curb appeal. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-19. Buy basic at first. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-20. Appliance savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-21. Use 6’8” doors in non-public areas. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-22. Add a foot to your basement. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-23. Concrete siding instead of stucco - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-24. Wooden foundation - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-25. Lifetime shingles save. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-26. Insulated garage doors - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-27. Counter-depth appliances - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-28. Use IKEA cabinets. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-29. More ICF savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-30. Avoid the fancy windows. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-31. More space by change in rooflines. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-32. Hybrid high-end windows - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-33. Rough-ins for upgrades - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-34. Build a two-story rather than a one-story. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-35. Simplify the roof. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-36. Toss in an elevator. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-37. Truss-built roof cheaper than stick-built. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-38. Skip the rain gutters. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-39. Metal roof savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-40. Commercial-grade appliances - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-41. Improve house value with ICF. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-42. Don’t waste money on landscaping. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-43. Quartz beats granite. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-44. Steel or fiber-cement instead of OSB SIP panels - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-45. Bathroom vanity savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-46. Windowsills for a song - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-47. Savings on stamped or stained concrete - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-48. Can you get away with a mini-duct HVAC system? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-49. Recessed lights instead of fixtures - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-50. Don’t waste money on the basement. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    2-51. Tile or hardwood directly over concrete - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
3-Finances, Taxes, Loans, and Insurance - Electronic Edition$52.47 $11.99
    3-1. Avoid the construction loan. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-2. Negotiate your loan. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-3. One-close loan - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-4. Save on title insurance and property appraisal. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-5. Avoid the middleman. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-6. Don’t fall for a “package plan”. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-7. Use your frequent flyer or rewards card. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-8. Enjoy the tax break. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-9. Manage capital gains. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-10. Tax deductions - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-11. Tax credits - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-12. Appeal your property taxes. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-13. Get your insurance valuation down. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-14. Increase deductible on homeowner’s insurance. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-15. Sell “by owner”. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-16. Be an owner-agent. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-17. Become a general contractor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-18. Finish some of house later. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-19. High priority - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-20. Save real estate commission when you owner-build. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-21. 15-Year mortgage saves more than half the value of your home in interest. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-22. Bi-weekly pay plan cuts 30-year mortgage by 5 years. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-23. Make the house pay you. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-24. Set up your construction loan for 12 instead of six months. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-25. Finish a month earlier. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-26. Check your statements. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-27. Make a spreadsheet of each rebate or refund. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-28. Avoid PMI. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-29. Form your own company, or several companies. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-30. Donate your books to the library. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-31. Save property tax by scheduling occupancy. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-32. Pay less for credit than for cash. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-33. Upromise dollars. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-34. Reduce insurance costs with ICF. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-35. Write off your sales tax. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-36. Improve your credit score. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-37. Your local bank or credit union - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-38. Construction permit savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-39. Line of credit instead of construction loan - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-40. Temporary housing savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-41. Insurance smarts. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-42. O-B rather than big salary. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-43. Move out before Uncle Sam moves in. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-44. Convert your rental to your residence. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-45. Use paid-for land as down payment. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-46. Gain land appreciation when you owner-build - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-47. Don’t pay sales tax on labor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-48. Cash back from The Home Depot - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-49. Avoid the jumbo loan. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-50. Choose low property tax/sales tax situation. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-51. What about private construction financing? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-52. Provide sufficient working capital to take advantage of bargains. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    3-53. Lower interest rate with energy-efficient loan. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
4-House Plans - Electronic Edition$16.83 $11.99
    4-1. Sell your plans. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-2. Use a designer rather than an architect. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-3. Hire a design teacher – or student. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-4. Buy stock plans from a production builder. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-5. Buy stock plans from an architect. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-6. Set a fixed price with the architect of your choice. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-7. Don’t buy plans on the Internet. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-8. Let a lumberyard do your plans. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-9. Let the supplier draw your specialized plans. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-10. Buy plans on eBay. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-11. Landscape plan discounts - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-12. Buy your plans through a home show. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-13. Draw your own plans. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-14. Discount home design software - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-15. Hybrid plans strategy - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-16. Save a buck or two on blueprints. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    4-17. Have your ducks in a row before you see your designer/architect. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
5-Shopping Techniques and Sources - Electronic Edition$49.50 $11.99
    5-1. Home show discounts - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-2. Attend a contractor show. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-3. Buy direct from manufacturer. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-4. Special price in lieu of distributor - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-5. Shop at home center stores. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-6. Get a contractor discount. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-7. New account discount - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-8. Ask about upcoming sales. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-9. Store-wide sales - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-10. Use a coupon. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-11. Price match plus ten percent - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-12. Do a double play, triple play, or grand slam. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-13. On-line auctions - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-14. Buy something on eBay and upgrade it. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-15. Try a buying group. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-16. Order over the border. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-17. Read the classifieds. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-18. Appliance bargains - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-19. Buy in a construction-depressed community. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-20. Buy early. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-21. Ask for discontinued or sale items. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-22. “Cherry picking” - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-23. Show your spreadsheet to salesmen. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-24. Serendipity - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-25. Use the Internet. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-26. Telephone comparison - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-27. Sales - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-28. Closeouts and floor models - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-29. Shop distributor supply houses. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-30. Shop distributors in other cities. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-31. Buy wiring supplies at Home Depot. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-32. Deals on ceiling fans and doorknobs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-33. Buy your new furniture from factory outlets. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-34. Use "unlimited long distance" to contact banks and vendors. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-35. Scratch and dent appliances - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-36. Truckers scratch & dent sale - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-37. Buying club gift cards - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-38. Be the first to try a product. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-39. Ask vendors if you can be a “test site”. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-40. Sidewalk sale - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-41. Shop Canada. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-42. Warehouse sale at lighting company - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-43. More granite strategies - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-44. KraftMaid Cabinet Outlet - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-45. Networking - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-46. Become a dealer. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-47. Window company “back room” or surplus outlet - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-48. Get a free kitchen design and customize elsewhere. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-49. Discount building materials and tools - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    5-50. Craigslist - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
6-Remodels and House Additions - Electronic Edition$37.62 $11.99
    6-1. Buy tools from pawn shops. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-2. Share the cost of tools. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-3. Shop discount tools store or catalogue. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-4. More tool tricks - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-5. Do-it-yourself - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-6. Plan your self-work. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-7. Have a barn raising. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-8. Use a trade consultant. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-9. Buy something you need and sell for a profit later. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-10. Paint your own stair rails and balusters. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-11. DIY granite - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-12. Take an installer course. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-13. Hire a building consultant by the hour if you must. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-14. Buy a specialty tool off eBay. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-15. Cross bridging for your floor joists - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-16. Estate sale or farmers going out of business sale - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-17. Don’t rent – buy off eBay. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-18. Build/maintain your own aerobic septic system. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-19. Use PEX tubing and a manifold for plumbing – not that hard for DIY and a big cost savings either way. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-20. You could DIY the radiant. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-21. Take a class or get hands-on experience to learn an important technique. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-22. DIY Solid-surface countertops - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-23. DIY Foundation - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-24. Window blinds and shutters for DIY - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-25. Use “fake rock” instead of a mason. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-26. DIY concrete countertops - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-27. DIY HVAC - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-28. Consider Menards. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-29. Use Habitat’s ReStore. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-30. Donate your demolition. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-31. Recycle your demolition. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-32. Variation on one wall standing - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-33. Granite over your existing countertop - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-34. Someone to pay for your teardown? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-35. It may cost less to build new than to remodel. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-36. Make your own millwork. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-37. Disaster-Recovery Savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    6-38. Take a test for a certification if you need one. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
7-Material Savings - Electronic Edition$46.53 $11.99
    7-1. Written budget - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-2. Use a spreadsheet. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-3. Know what things cost. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-4. Schedule in writing. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-5. Always get three or more bids. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-6. Do the round robin. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-7. Get it in writing. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-8. Buy materials separate from labor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-9. Keep your job site clean and organized. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-10. Buy factory or government surplus. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-11. Work at a home center store. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-12. Track prices on major budget items. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-13. Store closings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-14. Piggyback - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-15. Buy at construction auctions. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-16. Buy salvage material. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-17. Use recycled materials. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-18. Items from remodeling jobs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-19. Thrift stores - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-20. Unbundle. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-21. Buy contractor returns. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-22. Clever floor coverings. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-23. Buy in lots and divide. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-24. Take the EPA exam. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-25. On-site container - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-26. Rough-cut lumber - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-27. Culled lumber - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-28. Buy lumber from a mill. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-29. Short loads of concrete - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-30. Storage unit sales - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-31. Buy in the off-season. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-32. Buy from a freight liquidator. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-33. “Friend of a friend” - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-34. Free or cheap sod - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-35. Seed instead of sod - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-36. Be a Parade of Homes house. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-37. Be a demonstration house. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-38. Use MDF for your woodwork. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-39. Brick smarts - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-40. Lock in prices before increase. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-41. Work for a contractor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-42. Buddy up. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-43. Written comparison - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-44. Select items that maintain value. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-45. Long distance shopping - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-46. Buy materials through other tradesmen. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    7-47. Boneyard - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
8-Free or Cheap - Electronic Edition$24.75 $11.99
    8-1. Free stuff - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-2. Free upgrades from subs and suppliers - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-3. Talk to people, express your needs. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-4. Free trees - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-5. Free soil amendments - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-6. Freebies from demolitions and road widenings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-7. Share trash trailer with subs. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-8. Install a temporary toilet. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-9. Savings ideas from your subs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-10. Fill out your own paperwork. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-11. Check our links for good ideas. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-12. Free material takeoffs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-13. The value of cleared trees - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-14. Free deliveries - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-15. Buy somebody dinner. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-16. Let a landscaper take your dirt. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-17. Free engineering - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-18. Free materials pricing - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-19. Kitchen design deals - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-20. Get your hot water from your heating system. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-21. Free hot water from your cooling system - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-22. Save your rainwater. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-23. Free magazines - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-24. Free decorating help - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    8-25. Free software from Google - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
9-Shopping Techniques and Sources, Part Two - Electronic Edition$42.57 $11.99
    9-1. Shop eBay for components. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-2. Home center store remodels - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-3. Use your resellers license. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-4. Senior discount - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-5. Set your own deal with the home center store. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-6. Window vendor show competition - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-7. Make an offer, like you do on a car. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-8. Order through a big contractor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-9. Use an expert. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-10. Start with a brick and mortar store. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-11. See if your local supplier or web merchant is also on eBay. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-12. Contractor Appreciation Day - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-13. “My points” - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-14. Cabinets on eBay, too - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-15. 10% off for a van load - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-16. Avoid custom hardware with window or door order. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-17. Buy plumbing with a lifetime warranty. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-18. Buy your HVAC online. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-19. Don’t get caught by price increases. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-20. Is Direct Buy for you? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-21. On-line audio components - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-22. Invent a service you can barter out. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-23. Establish a relationship with your suppliers. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-24. eBay for PEX tubing - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-25. Price matches within the same Home Center chain - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-26. Get a business license. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-27. Free business cards - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-28. Double play with cash back card - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-29. Ask for a quantity discount. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-30. Use an estimating service. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-31. Be careful with package deals. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-32. Try another state. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-33. Pay cash. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-34. How to buy light fixtures - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-35. Buy fasteners in bulk from eBay. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-36. Compare prices locally, nationally, and across the border. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-37. ProSource Flooring - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-38. BuildDirect.com - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-39. Cash back credit card with a difference - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-40. Fireplaces on the Internet - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-41. Windows at home center stores - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-42. Lumber Liquidators - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    9-43. What about Costco? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
10-Labor Savings - Electronic Edition$39.60 $11.99
    10-1. Trade. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-2. Join a barter club. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-3. Buy cafeteria-style. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-4. Use a fax machine. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-5. Use moonlighters. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-6. Hire tradesmen by the hour. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-7. Hire the apprentice at a lower rate. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-8. Hire “illegals”. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-9. Use student labor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-10. Don’t pay for the same thing twice. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-11. Get bids for upgrades on the fly. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-12. Get bids from general contractors. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-13. Time things right. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-14. Cultivate your inspector. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-15. Eliminate change orders. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-16. Question bottom of the line bids and products. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-17. Out of town labor - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-18. New guys - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-19. Negotiate. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-20. “Throw in something free and I’ll use you.” - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-21. Help your tradesmen. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-22. Ask for a cash discount. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-23. Don’t pay until punch list items are done. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-24. Use a bidding service. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-25. Site visits - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-26. Choose small guys. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-27. Calling in favors - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-28. Choose the most efficient subcontractor. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-29. Don’t get caught by price increases. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-30. Do all concrete at once. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-31. Utility trench, septic, and excavation savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-32. Get multiple bids. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-33. Labor bid creativity - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-34 Fewer subs means smaller span of control. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-35. Use day labor strategically. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-36. Christmas cash - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-37. Retired providers - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-38. Think twice about using an interior decorator. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-39. Craig’s list to find subs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    10-40. Get bids or re-bids close to the time you need them. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
11-Material Savings, Part Two - Electronic Edition$41.58 $11.99
    11-1. Buy in quantity when you find low prices. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-2. Save your paperwork. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-3. Shop for credit terms. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-4. Builder tricks - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-5. A clean job saves 5%. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-6. Grow your own wood. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-7. Regular concrete instead of Gypcrete for poured floors for radiant - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-8. Get the brickyard to waive minimum returnable quantities rule. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-9. Have excavator make a nice pile of topsoil for you. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-10. Share the fee. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-12. Builders surplus and supply - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-13. Lock in your lumber prices. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-14. Check prices each time. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-15. Buy ahead. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-16. Mix ‘n match. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-17. Shop salvage for shingles. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-19. Orientation and where to put windows - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-20. Compact fluorescents and LED lamps - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-21. Nominal sizes of materials - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-22. Keep your sale flyers from the home center stores. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-23. For spans less than 16 feet avoid Trus-Joist®. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-24. Combine small windows. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-25. Doors with glass insert - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-26. Buy a cheap trailer. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-27. Iron frame and wood studs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-28. Buy doors separate from transoms. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-29. Use an Internet salvage company. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-30. Buy lumber in truckload quantity direct from mill. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-31. Use a veneer for your stone facing. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-32. Get a big propane tank. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-33. Buy upgrade hinges separately from doors. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-34. Build with optimum value engineering. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-35. Use a local lumberyard. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-36. Try 84 Lumber or another regional supplier instead of the big box store. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-37. Buy stair parts online. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-38. How to get a lumber takeoff that saves you money - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-39. Reuse your footing and foundation forms for later framing. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-40. Rent a big truck. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-41. Hardood in Virginia and the Carolinas - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-42. Habitat auctions - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-43. Recycling Sales - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    11-44. Materials from apartment projects - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
12-Energy Savings - Electronic Edition$33.66 $11.99
    12-1. Save the shade trees. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-2. Build energy-smart. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-3. Upgrade for energy savings. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-4. Make a solar home. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-5. Be a Solar Tour home. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-6. Return line on water heater - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-7. Two furnaces/air conditioners rather than one for zone control pays for itself in three years. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-8. Pass-through windows - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-9. Gas vs. electric - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-10. Reduce heating and cooling bills with ICF. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-11. Downsize your air conditioner. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-12. Smaller insulation cavity, still save money - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-13. Use geothermal heat. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-14. Geothermal from a pond or well - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-15. Use a tankless water heater. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-16. Use radiant heat. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-17. Preheat your water with solar tubes or mass. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-18. Save your rainwater. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-19. Let the utility company pay you. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-20. Use your heating for your cooling. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-21. Chill your cooler. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-22. Use a combination of insulations. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-23. DIY spray foam - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-24. Build a new house. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-25. Whole-house fan - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-26. Get an Energy Star rating. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-27. Hybrid gas fireplace - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-28. Sort out R-value claims. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-29. Hydroelectric - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-30. Solar water heater and structured plumbing - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-31. Radiant barrier - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-32. Unvented attic - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-33. Your house is a system. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    12-34. Wind power - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
13-Other Thoughts - Electronic Edition$18.81 $11.99
    13-1. Be on site. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-2. Build in the off-season. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-3. Build in a downturn. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-4. Build twice. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-5. Build bigger. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-6. Read a lot. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-7. New technology savings - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-8. Price out alternative approaches. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-9. Eliminate halls and walls. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-10. Skip the closet. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-11. Is panelized building for you? - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-12. Canadian panelized companies - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-13. Build without walls. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-14. House kits - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-15. Modular homes - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-16. Turn off the interest. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-17. Savings in life-cycle costs - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-18. Build only the size house you need. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99
    13-19. Stick with tried and true and locally available. - Electronic Edition$1.99 $0.99



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