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The Virgin Homeowner: The Essential Guide to Owning, Maintaining, and Surviving Your First Home

Papolos, Janice

Editore: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997
ISBN 10: 0393040356 / ISBN 13: 9780393040357
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Titolo: The Virgin Homeowner: The Essential Guide to...

Casa editrice: W. W. Norton & Company

Data di pubblicazione: 1997

Legatura: Hardcover

Condizione libro: New


Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: First-time homeowners will find an entertaining initiation into the mysteries of homeownership in "The Virgin Homeowner". The author provides reassuring and witty guidance on such subjects as "The Inner Mysteries" (plumbing and electricity), "The Uninvited Guests" (from ants and termites to burglars), and "The Age of Innocence" (creating a safe home for the indefatigable child). Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0393040356

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Riassunto: Few experiences in life are more unnerving than moving into your first home. All at once you and you alone are responsible - not the landlord, the super, or the co-op board. Not only do you have to keep all systems in working order, but you have to keep potential disasters at bay. Where is a rookie homeowner to turn? To Janice Papolos and The Virgin Homeowner - a clear, authoritative, and entertaining initiation into the arcane new world of home ownership - and the only book written exclusively with the first-timer in mind. Virgin homeowners will learn all the ins and outs of such previously obscure and/or scary subjects as fire safety; the need for proper ventilation; and radon, lead, and other threats to a healthy house. In a warm and penetrating closing chapter, "Finally Home, " Papolos addresses the emotional aspects of putting down roots in a new community.

Recensione: Janice Papolos describes her own first-home experience this way: "Part of the problem was that I had a mystified awe of the house. I swear there were times when I viewed it as more intelligent and powerful than we were.... There was a time or two in which I felt the house was being downright vindictive."

Ranked as "Most Useful to Homeowners" by The Wall Street Journal, Papolos's humorous and helpful book is the definitive guide for the first-time homeowner. Few experiences in life are more intimidating and complicated than one's first home purchase, especially when the new homeowner is perhaps a bit inexperienced with home repair and maintenance, as many (if not most) are. Starting with the basics of what you need to know to make sense of the initial, prepurchase home inspection, Papolos heads right into the "Inner Mysteries"--the plumbing and electrical systems--then on to heating and cooling, septic systems, insects and other pests, security concerns and measures, proper ventilation, child-proofing, and much, much more, topping it all off with an annual calendar of seasonal maintenance, advice on paint colors, and a thorough index for easy reference.

The goal is to remove the intimidation for the homeowner, and at the very least, permit him or her to talk knowledgeably with home-repair professionals, as necessary, without coming across like an idiot. This is a great reference book for any new homeowner, and probably would open the eyes of many longtime homeowners, as well. --Mark A. Hetts

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