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Save Money On Home Construction By Hiring A Consultant

Posted June 10, 2001

— If you would like to fix up your house, but you are not exactly Bob Vila, there is a unique way to make home improvements without paying a contractor an arm and a leg.

Brian Schwerer plans on tripling the size of his deck. It was a job he was hesitant to take on by himself.

"In fact, I said to my wife, 'I'd really like someone to get me started. I can hammer and I can operate a saw, but getting the basics set up and then I can take it from here,'" he said.

As a result, Schwerer contacted Paul Alexander. As a home improvement consultant, he will help you pick out the equipment, get the permits and show you what to do, but he will not do the work for you.

"I'm just acting as an on-site working supervisor, but when I leave, they'll get a list of all the items I expect them to get accomplished while I'm gone," Alexander said.

Schwerer said one of the benefits of using a consultant is that it can save you money as well as learning valuable skills for his next home improvement project.

"It's pretty nice. We can do other things with that money that we want to do in the yard," he said.

In addition to decks, home improvement consultants can help you with everything from making built-in bookshelves to finishing a bonus room. If you are interested in learning more, you can call




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