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Why You Should Make A New Year’s Remodeling Resolution‏

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Everyone knows January is the month for New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight and joining a gym. So, why not put a twist on this New Year’s tradition by making a remodeling resolution?  All you need is a vision of your dream home coupled with a burning desire and the resources to make it happen.

Where to Start

Making your remodeling resolution a reality starts with a clear remodeling vision.  Taking the time to create a clear vision can save you up to 30% in design fees and up to 50% in construction costs (as compared to remodeling without one).

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Once you’ve created this clear vision, the next step is to be able to explain it simply. If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough. If you don’t understand it well enough, you’re not ready to hire those involved with your remodel such as an architect, interior designer or contractor.

New Site Helps Make Your Remodeling Resolution a Reality

To help make your remodeling resolution a reality, join Remodel Einstein.  This new company puts homeowners on the path to remodeling success by helping you create a clear remodeling vision that you can explain simply so you can control your costs, reduce your stress and give you better things to do with your time than babysit the contractor.

Worth A Try!

Having a clear remodeling vision truly does make a difference. Remodel Einstein gives you the tools you need to easily turn your remodeling resolution into a reality. Right now, they have a special offer for first time clients. GET THE FIRST COURSE WITH A SATISFACTION GUARANTEE* PLUS A 30-MINUTE CONSULTATION WITH A REMODELING EXPERT FOR ONLY $99.00 (a 15% savings!).

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*The company’s mission is to help you achieve remodeling success.  That’s why they invite you to try the first course for up to a full 30 days from the date you join Remodel Einstein. If you don’t feel they’ve delivered on their promise within those 30 days, they’ll happily refund 100% of your money for the course.

They require your completed exercise files from all purchased modules before they process your refund. Why? Because they know that when you take action and complete the coursework, you’ll get results. It’s that simple.

If you do the work and don’t get the value, then they don’t deserve your money for the course. Just submit your completed homework within 30 days of purchase date, and they’ll happily refund you for the course.

I Was a House Guest at Blueprint Furniture

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Blueprint welcomed a special visitor last month…me!  I filmed several web clips on modern furniture, lighting, and décor showcasing their beloved products.  The series contains 20 + topics from “mixing dining sets” to “large wall décor ideas”.  Blueprint, voted LA’s best, has been the city’s most valuable resource for home + office furniture for over 2 decades – providing high quality, good design at competitive, affordable pricing.

This new video series takes me into the world of interior design and redecorating.  Diverse ideas help remodeling homeowners through tough decisions from furnishing their remodeled home to staging a finished project to show on the market.  Check out these videos of me at Blueprint Furniture on SFGate.com and let me know what you think.

Don’t Let Remodeling Ruin Your Love Life!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

One of the pitfalls of remodeling is the stress that spills over into the relationship.  A certain percentage of remodels end relationships because, let’s face it, living through a remodel is stressful.  So, it is not surprising that stress is going to affect those involved with the remodel.  Hence, communication is key. Each person involved with the remodel should talk about how they are going to handle their remodel before starting the planning process. A few key starter questions to ask are:

  • Does everyone involved with the remodel share the same vision?
  • Will you stay in your home during construction?
  • Are you willing to be inconvenienced (i.e. no hot water, no kitchen, etc.) for an extended period of time?

Answering these questions separately before comparing notes is ideal. While you may be shocked by how different your visions and expectations are for the final product, that’s great because the first roadblock to a successful project has been uncovered. Also, the least expensive time to iron out differences is before retaining the services of architects, 3-D modeling experts or a contractor.  Asking these and other project related questions will help you come to a consensus on the “must-haves,” the  “nice-to-haves” and the “I-can-live-without-that” elements. Most importantly, you will avoid the tug of war around trying to build one project from two (or more) mentally incompatible images, a process that can result in high cost overruns and fractured relationships.  So, instead of rushing to get to the finish line, take the extra time to clarify your visions and chart a clear course of action.

 

Red Flags Revealed During A Home Inspection

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

It is important to have your home inspected thoroughly by a professional prior to starting a major remodel  (or prior to purchasing a home) because you may not be able to see the issues.  Let’s face it…walls can’t talk. Even if you’ve lived in your home for many years, your home could be full of code violations, defects and/or hazards you’re not aware of.

The type of inspector that is best to hire is one that is a licensed or certified inspector (depending on your state’s requirements) that can detect and isolate problems AND is also a licensed general contractor with years of remodeling experience that can let you know whether repairs to the home would be cost prohibitive for your budget.

The inspector should look for problems with every aspect of the home: roofing systems, attic and crawl spaces, electrical systems, plumbing systems, kitchens and bathrooms, water heaters, built-in appliances, heating and cooling, foundations, earthquake bolting, garages and driveways, doors and windows, exterior finishes, balconies and decks, pools and equipment, fireplaces and more.

Three major warning signs/red flags are:

Extension cords galore – Could be an indicator that the electrical system needs updating

Low water pressure – Could be an indicator that the plumbing system needs updating

Foundation cracks – Could be an indicator of hydrostatic pressure, poor compaction, plumbing leaks or tree roots.

The results of the inspection report will help you identify your must-do repair items that should be incorporated into your remodeling plan and budget.

New Wave of Foreclosures Worth a Look?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

According to Realty Trac, foreclosures are expected to continue to cast a shadow on the nation’s housing market well into 2014 thanks to processing delays and a lackluster economic outlook for the short term. As a result, banks are starting to push through a new wave of foreclosures to help clear a backlog of distressed properties.

Is it worthwhile to purchase foreclosed properties for sale and renovate them ?  Yes, because they represent an opportunity to purchase a home below market, perhaps in a neighborhood you may not have been able to afford previously.  However, buyer beware because there are risks involved when purchasing a foreclosed property.

One key risk of purchasing a foreclosed property is that you may not be getting the home at the bargain price you hoped for.  Whenever foreclosure supply outpaces foreclosure sales, the volume of foreclosures rises…causing further decline of housing prices.

Also, the last thing a homeowner in foreclosure is going to do is invest in the upkeep of their home. So, another risk of buying a foreclosed home is getting a money pit.  The important factors to consider before bidding on or making an offer on a foreclosed home are:

1) the ‘market’ value of the home if it were in move-in condition,

2) the value of the home in its current condition,

3) the costs and time associated with renovating the home to make it livable,

4) whether the foreclosed home will be your primary residence or an investment property, and if an investment property, whether this home aligns with your investment strategy (i.e. rental vs. flip).

To assess the costs and time associated with renovating the home that has not been well cared for and suffers from neglect, have the home thoroughly inspected by a professional. This way you’ll know whether the home is worth renovating.