What information is in each Module?
Basic Building Knowledge
5 types of construction projects- cost ballpark, time, and pros + cons of each one Glossary of common construction terms, regulations, and information that pertains to residential construction projects. Construction Roles - different roles inside of construction and how they're managed
DIY Design + Hiring a Designer
Over 50 unique keywords (names) that will establish design framework (types of construction, architecture, finishes, styles, decor, lighting, and more) How to create an impactful floor plan like home developers Low Budget software you can use to design Designer overview + if you should hire one
Planning + Saving $$$
10 costly mistakes and how to avoid them 6 unexpected and unplanned factors that cost you more money after construction has already started Factors that raise the price of your estimate 9 key items that you need to buy before the contractor starts Ballpark pricing examples 6 Unexpected costs to be prepared for Contractor expenses that aren’t on the estimate
General Contractors vs Subcontractors How to save money with Subcontractors + time with GC's List of all the subcontractors involved in building a home (Interior + Exterior) Where to find good contractors + what a contractor should legally have How to run the initial meeting 8 informative + casual questions to ask while getting estimates. 4 secret statements to say to get the best deal 8 characteristics that you NEED in your contractor and how to find out
Contracts + Warranties
How Project Managers prevent delays + get paid if they do happen How to get the best work out of your contractor What to say to set the standard in the beginning How to create a good work environment with a few simple questions Contracts what details + information a good contract has how to protect yourself with the payment plan Warranty guidelines + industry standards Common materials that provide warranties and what to do to activate it
Managing the Project
Homeowner’s rights Mindset First day on the job How to manage the job Prevent material delays Stay on schedule Keep morale high How to finalize the job with your contractor What to do if you’re not happy with the work
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