Protecting Homeowners Through Renovation Education

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  •  Interview with PDH Academy:

    Expert Interview  Series with Jody Costello About Educating Homeowners   and Contractors To Help Avoid Disputes, Mistakes And Lawsuits

  • DIY Home Improvement For First Time Homebuyers – July 2016

    Featured Expert in the remodeling section of the Exceedingly Comprehensive Guide To DIY Home Improvement For First Time Homeowners. Check it out!

  • – May 16, 2016

    Interview with the on what to do when things go horribly wrong.

  • September 9, 2014:

    US NEWS and WORLD REPORT : How To Deal With A Bad Contractor

  • April 24, 2010:

    US NEWS and WORLD REPORT : How To Deal With A Bad Contractor

  • April 29, 2010:

    The New York Times “The Hand-Me-Down Home”

  • July 20th 2010:

    BlogTalk Radio Interview with Denice Newton on “After Thoughts”

  • August 13, 2010:

    BlogTalk Radio Interview with Hollis Chapman

April 24, 2010

    10 Most Important Tips Before Doing A Home Renovation

  • Money Magazine
 December 2008

    Renovations On Sale
    “some less than scrupulous remodelers may cut corners to come up with that low bid or else leave off charges that they may tack on later…sites like…can also provide valuable insights.”

  • Los Angeles Times 
Sunday, July 13, 2008

    Hiring A Contractor Is A Hands On Job

  • The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet

    Fox News Affiliate New York
 June 2, 2008

  • Sign On San
 San Diego Union-Tribune May 24, 2005

    Building a Defense for Consumers: Spot lighting

  • Los Angeles Times
 April 19, 2005

    by Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
    Bill would End Gag Clauses That Stifle Victims Who Sue

  • Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2005

    Contractors Board Falls Into Disrepair by Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
    Homeowners are upset that regulators can’t better protect them from bad builders.

  • Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2004

    Unfinished Business: A Contractor’s Lien Over Disputed Fees Can Stop a Homesale or Refinancing by Jeff Bertolucci

  • American Bar Association Journal and Report – April 25, 2005

    Second Efforts Seek to End Contract Gag Clause Rule
    by Moly McDonnough
    Group wants end of clauses preventing complaints to regulatory agencies.

  • People Magazine – May 30, 2005

    Contractors From Hell by Ken Lee
    Four homeowners share their cautionary tales of home remodeling nightmares with yours truly as the lead story.

  • This Old House – September 2002 (repeated in the summer of 2003)

    Get It In Writing
    by Jeffrey Rothfeder
    Shoddy work, vague contract verbiage and our remodeling nightmare highlighted in this issue of TOH.

  • Newsweek – May 6, 2002

    This Remodeled House by Linda Stern
    Our home remodeling nightmare starts off this article in Newsweek.


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