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Protecting Women Homeowners From Remodeling Disasters and Unethical Contractors

“Hey guys! Found your website while researching about how to deal with contractors. I am about to begin a home renovation project, and I must say thank you for creating this website! I’m not going into this project expecting problems, but I can say now that I am very much more prepared if and /or when they present. Thanks again, this information is priceless!”

– Nate

“Great site — it really puts the hazards of dealing with contractor-bozos into chilling perspective… I was a general contractor for about 20 years, but have retired from remodeling and am now a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.”

– Paul S.

“Dear Jody, Thank you so much for creating this course. We are so much more confident moving forward with our remodel and learned a lot. And I know we’ll be finding a great contractor – we’ve started the interview process and one of the contractors was even impressed with what we knew and with the questions we asked. Thank again for all your help.”

– Sharon P.

“Jody Costello’s website – Contractors From – is a must-read for homeowners who have endured – or who hope to avoid – dishonest or incompetent home builders and re-modelers.”

– Los Angeles Times (Feb 22, 2004)

“For over 16 years, you have been an advocate for consumers, providing information and resources to help guide them through the contacting process. Your active website and your “Home Remodeling Bootcamp” are continuing to provide valuable assistance to this day.”

– David Fogt, Chief
Enforcement Diviision
Contractors State License Board

“Hi Jody, I just completed your course and enjoyed it! I have not started my project yet, but feel better prepared.”

– Phil G.

“Hi Jody, I love your web site. The information is invaluable. I sat down with your ‘Home Remodeling Bootcamp” a couple of weeks ago and never got up until I read every module. Thank you!”

– Carol K.

“Thanks so much for this website and for the extremely valuable information you’ve provided on your site. You’re doing great work. Unfortunately I did not find you until too late, and am now in the process of firing my General Contractor for his failure to honor the terms of our contract. I will definitely sign up for your course before I hire anyone else to finish the work on my house. Thanks again for your time!”

– Polly T.

“This is a great site! I found it while going through the same misery and was thinking about making a web site … I was a bureau chief in a regulatory agency and actually worked on the regulation side. The problem is that state contractor laws seem to be primarily written by the contractor special interest, not by the citizens with no affiliation to contractors.Thanks ”

– H.M. Jones

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Podcast Interview: Beyond Influence Series

by Jody Costello & Cloris Kylie

yahoo Finance
February 14, 2022

A must read!!

Yahoo Finance News:  Quoted and featured in:  Homeowners Confront Every Imaginable Disaster Trying To Renovate Their Homes

The Bark Podcast:
Interview with Jody Costello of

Podcast Interview: Beyond Influence Series

by Jody Costello & Cloris Kylie

HerStory Circle TV Podcast with
Jody Costello:

January 27, 2021

Quoted in the New York Post:
Top Home Renovation Projects To Consider and What They Will Cost

December 15, 2020
Delighted to be quoted in this great article on renovating laundry rooms:

Plan Out Your Laundry Room Renovation

April 16, 2020
Honored to be quoted in:
Done A Home Remodel? What Do You Know Now That You Wish You Knew Before?

January 7, 2020
23 Money Saving Tips and Exterior Home Improvements For Seniors
Honored to be quoted in an important article

October 8 2019 -
4 Ways To Finance Your Home Improvement Project Without Draining
Your Bank Account
Quoted in Real Estate

September 26, 2019 News
Quoted in Home Improvement:
Crucial Things You Need To Clarify Before Hiring Painters

July 21, 2019
Contractor Fraud Expert Warns of 7 Home Improvement Scams To Avoid
Honored to be featured in this article.

May 31, 2019
Quoted in: How To Find A Contractor - 4 Essential Steps For Homeowners

May 28, 2019
Quoted in: 7 Signs You Should Put Off - Or Call Off A Home Renovation

February 2019
Honored to be quoted in the Checklist For Hiring Contractors

July 24, 2018
Top 25 Expert Tips To Keep Neighbors Happy During Construction

May15, 2018
How To Find a Contractor

June 2017 Could a Home Improvement Scam Cost You $1,400? How to Stay Safe

May 31, 2017
How To Find a Contractor: 4 Essential Steps For Homeowners

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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