"Hiring Contractors" should be read BEFORE you ever consider talking to anyone who might work on your house. The author identifies particular areas to be cautious with contractors to prevent shoddy work or being overcharged. The book advises the best process in choosing, working with and staying in charge of your contractor. If you want to prevent potential aggravation or problems with contractors, this is the book to show you how. The author also well advises the homeowner how to avoid potential lawsuits and hazards in working with "contractors". A very readable and useful book.