Homeowners waste a lot of money — perhaps billions of dollars — each year when they work on their homes

They proceed hoping everything is going to work out just fine. They hope the contractor knows the right way to do the job. But based on the countless help requests I get each month on my website, I think it’s fair to say things don’t always work out too well. Here’s a tip: Hope is a feeling you should indulge only about things that you can’t control. Work on your home is something you can control completely; you need to take that control.