Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Negotiating When Money Matters by Lynnette Hartwig


Negotiating When Money Matters provides a low-stress, ethical way to get the best price. Contemplating a home improvement or repair? Dread the hassle, hate wondering if you've been overcharged? Most of us aren't Do-It-Yourselfers. The typical homeowner spends $4,000 per year on home improvement. If you own a home, you are on the verge of needing repairs or getting an upgrade; when or what is TBD.

To get the best price, you don't need to know their job or outsmart them. You just need to know what factors cause the price to go up and sidestep those. Find out the surprising thing you can do, taking about an hour of your time, that makes your chosen contractor give a competitive, honest price.

This delightfully juicy book covers the Three Things Businesses Value More Than Money, the 10 risk factors that increase the price, and how the payment schedule determines whether the job is done on time, or done at all.

Keeping yourself out of the overcharged group is easier than you think. It makes you a double winner, because customers who get a fair price are also more likely to get good work. 

My Review:

This is a great reference book to keep on hand!

The author gives practical advice that is in easy to understand language.

One of the chapters that is a must for everyone to read is "The Ten Kinds of Risk"

1.  Customer
2.  Logistics
3.  Installations
4.  Product
5.  Legal
6.  Environment
7.  Adjacent
8.  Design
9.  Safety
10. End of job

This is one of those books that is chock full of information and a must read for anyone who is planning on having any contractor work done.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book for my review.  All opinions are my own and are not influenced in anyway.

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