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Hire a Home Improvement Contractor with Confidence

A guide to surviving a home addition project and a black mold remediation project so you can enjoy your home
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Last updated 10/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 4 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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Course updated: September 2016

Every year homeowner's decide it is more cost-effective to update or add-on to their current home rather than move. They are ready to make their space "fabulous" again. They admit they are not a DIY person and would prefer to hire someone but are not sure how to protect themselves.“I am nervous about hiring a Contractor to do work on my home." Does this sound familiar? You are not alone.

Here is what students are saying about this course:

"I am starting a major home rehab project with a 203k loan, with no previous experience of working with a general contractor. This course was really helpful to me!" Theresa L.

"This course takes me through the whole process-start to finish of home improvement issues--as well as the stress one goes through."- Gary W.


Welcome to: Hire a Home Improvement Contractor with Confidence

Instructor E.B. Joseph is going to show you step by step how hire a Contractor and avoid getting ripped off. She completed a 450sqft Home Addition Project. She covers interview questions, decision making matrix, golden rules, hidden cost and much more. She demonstrates how to utilize the forms provided to stay on track and organize from start to finish. She will even share how she survived a totally unexpected Mold Remediation Project. Her focus is on helping you gain confidence in an unfamiliar situation. She speaks from the homeowner's perspective. This is a major decision with major cost involved. Gain clarity and organization with this class.

Enroll Today! Prepare now for a successful Fall, Spring or Summer project.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are a homeowner
  • If you have projects that NEED to be completed
  • If you have projects that you WANT to be completed
  • If you are not a DIY person and you would prefer to hire someone
  • If you are a DIY but do not have the time
  • If you have limited to no experience in this area
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What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of this course you will learn:
How to sound competent
How to avoid getting ripped off
Lessons from Mold Remediation Project
Lessons from Home Addition Project
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  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Be able to print templates
  • Adobe Reader and Flash Player
  • Use internet browser: Goggle Chrome or Mozilla FireFox
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 30 Lectures Collapse All 30 Lectures 01:33:01
Planning Phase
7 Lectures 12:58

Homeowner's Maintenance Checklist

This is an exciting time.
Getting Started with a Home Improvement Project

Keep the excitement going but also stay grounded.
Reality Check

Danger, Danger

Build your understanding
Common Vocabulary Part I

Build your comprehension
Common Vocabulary Part II
Initial Contact
6 Lectures 29:36
Let them know you have done your homework.
Interview questions for the Contractor

Let them know you have done your homework.
Preview 08:57

Checking their ability level.
Questions for Contractor's References

Checking their ability level.
Preview 03:43

Putting all information together
Decision Matrix-Contractors

Putting all information together
Decision Matrix-Architects
Build a Relationship
3 Lectures 04:29
Learn the tool which says, "I stand up for myself".
Assertive Commnunication

Remember if you learn nothing else.
6 Golden Rules

More than one approach. 
Hiring Handymen
Money, Money, Money
2 Lectures 06:29
Track your money.
Budget Tracking Template

Don't get blindsided
Hidden Cost
2 Lectures 04:35
Unfortunate events sometimes happen.

Don't let it consume you.
Managing Stress
6 pages
Mold Remediation Project
5 Lectures 17:48
Mold Photos

Dust or Mold?

My Story I

My Story II

Mold Remediation -DIY
2 Lectures 00:52
From my project.
Floor Plan Examples
2 pages

Thank for completing the class. If you need to print a certificate, go back to the top above section 1 and look for "24 out of 24 completed". Next click on the small trophy. The system will take a few minutes to generate the certificate. Click it a second time then save as pdf to your desktop.

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About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
55 Reviews
3,335 Students
6 Courses
Online Entrepreneur

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Are you a working adult who would like to go but back to college, but you need to brush up on your writing skills?

Do you own an older home and would like to remodel but are afraid of being ripped off by the Contractor?

Are you at stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) thinking about homeschooling your child?

Are you tired of being broke and would like to change your relationship with your money?

Do you have a challenging child and your patience is wearing thin and you need some new ideas?

These are all personal goals that I can help you accomplish. You can take action TODAY to change your tomorrow.

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Here is a little bit about Me...

I am Ericka Bellamy Joseph (E.B. Joseph). I am a retired U.S. Marine of over 20 years. I have been Debt Free (8+), a Homeowner (16+) and a Homeschool Mom (4). I am the owner/CEO of Plan2Win Solutions, LLC. What I do best is consolidate information into simple to follow formats. When I retired from the military, I had two dreams-homeschool my child and work for myself. It started with writing the books that were floating in my brain and now it has blossomed into much more.

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