Great Audio Books to Help You Redecorate Your Home

February 28, 2011

There are a lot of great books on the market for people looking to achieve some upgrades on the home front.  But let’s face it: most of us simply don’t have the extra time to read an informational saga cover to cover.  Instead, consider how much easier it is to pop an audio version into your disc tray while you drive to work in the morning or absorb step-by-step instructions while you’re in the midst of the redecorating process.  In short, getting the info you need for your remodel is a whole lot easier and less time consuming when someone else is doing the work of reading for you.  So if you’re looking to revamp your home without the hassle of reading a tome, here are a few audio books that will help you along the way.

1.       Home Renovation Agreement by Self Council Press.  Before you let someone start swinging a hammer in your home, you need to come to an agreement about the job that’s being done (including milestones, payments, and limits on spending).  This means you need a contract.  By listening to the advice offered in this comprehensive audio book, you’ll learn how to draw up a detailed contract and keep work on track.  Templates are included on a CD-ROM.

2.       Home Rich by Gerri Willis.  Fans of CNN will recognize the author from her time on CNN as an anchor giving financial advice in the business section, as well as the host of Your Bottom Line.  In this audio book, she offers 12 rules to help the wayward homeowner become “home rich”, using their biggest asset to show a return.  She breaks down the process, from buying to remodeling to selling, to help you get the most out of your house, as both a home and a potential investment.

3.       The Owner/Builder by Mark A. Smith and Elaine M. Smith.  If you’re looking to save some money on your home remodel, then this is the definitive edition to help you do it.  With tips that will save you thousands of dollars (whether you opt to hire a contractor or DIY), you really can’t afford NOT to buy this audio book.  From planning to purchasing to taking bids and managing your remodel, the Smiths cover it all.

4.       The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Codman Ogden, Jr.  The rather unlikely pairing of this famous novelist with an architectural counterpart may seem strange today, but when this book was originally published over a century ago, it was the ultimate set of instructions on how to decorate a proper home, and incredibly, it holds up today.  If you’re tired of the modular, IKEA-style furniture that dominates most domiciles these days, then let Wharton and Ogden guide you through setting up a classical décor that will be the envy of all your neighbors and friends.  As a bonus, you can delight in the trash-talking about the poor taste of others, which is catty enough to amuse even a modern audience.

5.       Feng Shui Home Study Course by David Daniel Kennedy.  Think of this course as everything you ever wanted to know about feng shui but didn’t know you should ask.  You’re probably aware that this ancient art is all about the placement of items in your home and how it affects your life.  Is your sofa in the right place to ensure harmony?  Will more mirrors bring prosperity?  In this audio book offering, you’ll learn not only which furnishing to purchase and how to place them properly around your house, but also the philosophy behind this art of arranging that promises health, wealth, and happiness in the home.

Sarah Danielson writes for Sofas and Sectionals where you can find an assortment of high end furniture like a Palliser sofa or Berkline sofa.

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