Taking the Mystery Out of Remodeling – by Reva Kussmaul

Too Late to Call Me on This One!

I met with some homeowners last month on their “remodel gone wrong” and they were already far enough into it (500K) that all I could do to help was go through their paperwork and the original contract as well as any change orders to see if monies matched work done and timeframe. What it came down to for them was calling the California State Licensing Board and filing a complaint. I told them to see if...

Reality Television – Not!

Altered Expectations Ever since the War of the Worlds radio broadcast sent panicked listeners into city streets clutching rifles, sociologists have argued over whether the media directly influences its audience. Though that debate continues today, remodelers have their own evidence that TV can play a role in warping reality. Craig Knott, owner of Houseworks Unlimited, in Washington, D.C., says that because of what...

Interviewing a Contractor?

I was talking with a networking colleague yesterday as she thanked me for talking about clarity in communication when it comes to the remodeling relationship, she relayed to me it took over 8 months to remodel her kitchen. The main reason was: the contractor kept leaving to take other jobs. Taking other jobs is fine as long as you have the “crew-power” to do them all. If not, it is not OK to leave...

What is a Remodeling Coach?

A person with expertise both as a homeowner and in the home improvement industry, who provides specialized teaching to homeowners and contractors in all aspects of the remodeling process. Homeowners: Assess your project and budget Hire the right contractor for you and your job Compare and analyze bids Communicate clearly and honestly with contractors Evaluate contract prior to signing Assist with design and...

Reva’s 7 Need-to-Knows for a Smooth Remodeling Project

Plan to get your remodeling project off on the right foot. The goal is to have an awesome experience in every aspect of your home remodel. Always look forward to a beautifully finished project that makes both you and your contractor proud. 1.  Keep the end result in mind.  The goal is to experience a remodel of your dreams and for the contractor to walk away with all monies due and referrals. 2.  Have the money...

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