STOP NOW – Avoid Home Renovation Nightmares – Get a WatchDog!

Are You Embarking on a Home Renovation Adventure? Be Prepared! Expect the Unexpected!! Hire a Project Manager to be Your WatchDog!

Before Starting a Major Home Renovations, think about thisrenovation disasters, project management, construction management – “If you were making a list of the top five riskiest financial ventures open to private people, major home renovations would be right up there. The potential for a train wreck is high unless you make absolutely sure it doesn’t happen…” Steve Maxwell – Considered one of Canada’s top handymen.

A Sad Commentary – Steve Maxwell continued with a lengthy story from a client – here’s an excerpt “I came home to find one of Mr. Contractor’s men sleeping in my basement, and another guy drinking beer from my fridge, but for his part, Mr. Contractor says these claims are all lies (even though he wasn’t on the site). His workers aren’t allowed to drink on the job. And ‘there’s nothing wrong with a guy closing his eyes for a few minutes on his break, is there?’” Problems like the above are not uncommon.

Don’t Drive Yourself and Family Crazy! When home renovation are underway, frustration, stress and disappointments are often the norm. Homeowners and their families face delays, cost overruns, flawed materials, dirty work areas and shoddy workmanship with little or no recourse. To assure the work is being done to specification, the homeowner is forced to be on sight at all times! Many times this is not possible. When you’re away – That’s when trouble begins!

The Basic $ Problem – Unfortunately, most homeowners are not able to supervise jobs on a day-by-day basis. Many General Contractors forgo having a supervisor onsite during every step of the process in order to lower project costs and keep within timelines. In addition, General Contractors work with the trades with whom they have a relationship. They often take overrides on the trade’s hourly wage. The General Contractors do not “Vet” the required trades to meet the owner’s specifications and desires! Remember – Every job should be checked and approved before the walls go up!

renovation management, project management, condominium renovation, construction managementA Simple Solution – Hire a renovation Project Manager like PPR to coordinate the project from inception to completion! Working with a renovation Project Manager removes the owner;s burden for overseeing the project to meet or exceed the owner’s budget, timelines and expectations.

First Things First – It is imperative that along with hiring a renovation Project Manager you get a Forensic Inspection of your entire home before embarking on a project. While potentially more costly than a traditional Home Inspection that takes a cursory look at you home and the systems [Generally $300 to $500], the Forensic Inspection will thoroughly examine all of your home’shome inspections, house inspections, property inspections, forensic home inspection structures and systems to determine their viability and compatibility with the planned renovation. The cost will be dependent on the number of skilled professional trades that need to be utilized to perform the inspection. You’ll be able to make decisions throughout the inspection process to help control costs and save money in the future. Remember – The complicated structures and systems involved with homes require sophisticated diagnostic capacities implemented by trained professionals!


What is the Role of a Project Manager for Your Renovation Project?

> Overseeing – The project(s) from inception to completion

> Planning and coordination – Working with Architects, Engineers and Designers

> Reviewing – Plans and Specifications

> Compliance – Secure permits and schedule inspections

> Insurance – Assists in securing proper coverages

> Budgeting – Each phase of the renovation and the entire project

> Vetting and Hiring – Contractors and trades as required to provide quality and timeliness

> Obtaining cost estimates and bids – From the skilled trades and material suppliers – Generally, at least 3 per specific project

> Creating and Updating Timelines and Coordinating the Trades – The various laborers and trades – ie. decluttering & organizing spaces, demolition specialists, remediators,, roofers, HVAC experts, plumbers, electricians, drywallers/plasterers, tilers, counter installers, flooring specialists, deck builders, and many more.

> Inspecting –  All deliveries for price, quantity & quality

> Returning all Unacceptable/Flawed Materials and Fixtures

> Managing Payments – For all materials and fixtures

> Inspecting all Projects – On a hour-by-hour/day-by-day basis

> Dealing with the Unexpected

> Coordinating the Payment of Trades

> Keeping Accurate Records and job site photos

Establishing & Maintaining Open Communications with You and all other Parties

> Acting as Your Eyes and Ears – Your WatchDog!!

The Difference Between a Project Manager and a General Contractors – Night & Day! The big difference between the two is project managers, project managers make a difference, renovation managementthat the General Contractor is hired to work on a project and to manage his people – the trades. The Project Manager is hired to oversee and represent the Home Owners interests from the projects inception to the completion. The Project Manager answers only to the Home Owner!

The General Contractor may or may not get the work done on budget and on time. The Project Manager makes sure the work is done to the Architects, Engineers, Designer and Home Owners specifications. The Project Manager must oversee the work of the Contractors when one is required!

About the Cost of a renovation Project Manager – Ask Yourself the Following – “Am I wealthy enough to afford the cost of unpredictable overruns, poor quality and workmanship and delays in predicted completion dates? What price do you and your family put on sanity?”

Making the Decision to Hire a Renovation Project Manager – Why hire a Project Manager for your Renovation Project? Chris Mascelli, Clerk of the Works/NYS Certified Code Enforcement Official offers a simple answer – “Because it will save you time, money, and frustration! A Project Manager = Project Success!”

In short, the Project Manager shoulders the responsibility of keepingproject management, construction management, home renovation management, remodeling management your project moving according to plan. The Project Manager’s goal is to manage the project so that it finishes on schedule and within budget, while still meeting building codes, plans, and specs and your expectations. Note – Your Project Manager will also assist with financing, developing timelines and calendars; vetting and hiring trades and on-site workers; developing a strategy for potential conflict resolution; and more.

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What to do next? Give Properties, Probe & Renovation (PPR) a call to discuss your project and the potential role of a Project manager. Whether or not you decide to work with PPR as your WatchDog, you’ll gain insights into how to avoid a Renovation Nightmare.

What can a Project Manager Do For You?

Tell Us About Your Project – PPR is a Good Listener!

Find Out More About Properties, Probe & Renovation (PPR) 

We Will Be Your WatchDog!

Email Phil Eide – phil@contactppr.com 

Text/Call – 216.577.5579

Renovation Myth Number 1: Winter Months Are A Bad Time For Home Renovations!

PPR Myth Buster Number 1: 

In Fact, Starting a Renovation from December through February Promotes Construction and Financial Quality Advantages!

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Are You Considering a Home Renovation? Whether you are buying a house — or have been living in your home for years — you and your family may be imagining renovations that would transform the ho-hum into the Home of Your Dreams!

Winter Time is a Perfect Time to Plan so You Can Begin Inspection and Construction as Early as Late Winter! Use your Holiday time to celebrate AND to collect your ideas and pictures about what it will take to make your renovation a dream-come-true!

Here’s Why: Renovation projects begin with an Architect, an Engineer, and your Project Manager who has your back from the inception to the completion of the Project, including onsite oversight for the Inspection and the Construction phases—with a Project Manager, most often you will not need a General Contractor.

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Start planning in December & January and, most likely, it will be late Winter before even a demolition of your renovation-to-be or a shovel has taken its first turn on the earth. And you will be able to take advantage of “Slow Season” prices! Also, keep in mind that any projects of size can take a year or more from inception to completion, so getting started earlier than later means you get to enjoy your new lifestyle space(s) sooner than later!

Examples of the Most Popular Renovation Projects…

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Kitchens & Dining Areas (Indoor & Outdoor)

2nd Floor Add-On to Traditional Ranch House

1st Floor Master Bedroom with a Spa-like EnSuite Bathroom

Carriage/Gate House for Family, Friends or as a Rental

In-Law Suite with Separate Entrance and a Full Set of Amenities

Media Room, Recreation and/or Fitness Center

Live-In Caretaker Suite

Porches & Patios

Exterior Face Lift with New Entries

Out-of-Town Vacation Property or Condo

Combinations of the above

Here are the 8 Advantages to Beginning Your Renovation Planning, Design, Property Inspection, and the Initial Stages of Construction in the Late Winter…

1) Winter is the Slow Season for Renovations – More quality trades are available and you or your Project Manager (PM) will experience more convenient and expedited project scheduling.

2) Better Prices  The “Slower Season” opens the opportunity for better negotiating costs for Time & Materials.

3) If You’re Going to be Away for the Winter Months, and you have your design plans completed, that’s the perfect time to renovate! A Project Manager (PM) can be your project WatchDog and keep you fully informed.

4) Shorter Time for Permits — The government agencies will be less busy so you or your Project Manager (PM) can get your permits and inspections quicker.

5) Frozen Ground and Dry Air are Better for Digging Foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity.

6) Avoid Manufacturer Spring and Summer Price Increases — Now is the time to take advantage of reduced prices. You and your Project Manager (PM) may find close-out prices on materials, systems and appliances before manufacturers increase their prices to suppliers who will pass those increases onto you later on in the Season.

7) Gardens and yards can recover in the Spring — Gardens and lawns take a beating during any kind of construction, no matter how careful your workers are – the construction process creates traffic and materials which need to be temporarily stored and/or moved over your lawn. The advantage of renovating during winter is that any garden damage will recover far faster with the vibrant growth which Spring brings!

8) And Last, but not Least, Your Dream Renovation will be Finished Sooner-Than-Later!

What are the 4 Disadvantages to Beginning a Renovation in the Winter Months? 1) Shorter days for outdoor work 2) Possible weather delays 3) The need for Plowing & Shoveling 4) Temporary Heating may be needed.

Even so, most people agree that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages!

The Bottom-Line…What’s the Point of Waiting? Most people want to live in a home which they thoroughly enjoy, which meets their needs, and which has room for everyone. They want to be proud of their home…Here’s your opportunity to participate in your home design and own something you will truly enjoy and be proud of.

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How to Get Started? Call us at 216.577.1307. One of the simplest ways to start the Renovation Process —without contracts or obligations — is to discuss your dream with a Project Manager (PM) whowill walk you through the stages involved in a renovation, the professionals required, address your concerns, and answer important questions.

If you’d like to discuss your Dream and how the PPR WatchDog will protect your real estate property interests during a renovation project, email phil@contactppr.com or call 216.577.5579 

For Your Reading – Recently PPR wrote a Blog on the difference between a Project Manager (PM) and a General Contractor (GC). To protect your interests, and only your interests, the PM manages your Renovation from Inception to Completion with onsite oversight at every phase of the Project, including the Inspection and Construction phases. The GM takes on the Construction Phase only.