How To Stretch Your Home’s Square Footage!

Check-out the Link below for “steps to converting a basement space” – or basement conversion, home renovation, project manager, home inspectionattic – into an apartment! Before starting, get a thorough Diagnostic, Forensic Inspection of the Structures and Systems!!

When you’ve decided it is time to take the 1st steps toward the desired renovation, work with a Project Manager(PM) who can oversee the renovation details from inception to completion.

The PM will be your WatchDog to help assure the project is on time and on budget!!! They will help keep your individual and family sanity.

Want more information about Inspections and the role of a Project Manager? Visit – www.propertiesprobeandrenovation.com or Call Phil to discuss your thoughts – 216.577.5579

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Are You Planning or Starting the Home Renovations of Your Dreams? STOP NOW & TAKE ACTION!!

   Planning The Home Renovations of Your Dreams??
STOP!!
Have you Hired Your Renovation/Construction
Project Manager?? If not – Act Now!

What in the World??? Sometimes it takes a bit of over-dramatization to make a point. You decide after considering this statement from Financial Samurai.

The residential building business makes the auto service business look like a Girl Scout lemonade stand business. Everybody needs to Stop your home renovation, project management, construction project management take their cut…!

The reason why home remodeling projects always cost more and take longer than agreed upon is because the general contractor and all the sub-contractors are trying to extract as much money as possible from homeowners.”

What’s the Counter Attack??? The most effective way to be in control of renovation/construction planning, budgeting, co-ordinating, vetting, implementing, controlling, and managing timelines from beginning to end is to hire an ever-vigilant, loyal, onsite oversight WatchDog…And that is exactly what PPR Renovation/Construction Project Manager is…your ever-vigilant, loyal onsite oversight WatchDog!
Your Standards. Your Specifications. Your Budget. PPR will work with you, your Architect, your Engineer, and your Designer to assure that your Renovation Project meets your cost and quality expectations. If you are willing and able to undertake a renovation to achieve a quality of living and space which meets your satisfaction; then, you hire a PPR Project Manager to make sure the process is expeditious and the finished product is on-the-mark.
Do you have a Home Renovation Project in the Planning renovation management, project management, condominium renovation, renovating a condoStage? Then Let’s Talk Now! At the very least, you will learn why a Project Manager is so vital to any renovation/construction project…Tell PPR about your Home Renovation Project and we’ll explain how a PPR Renovation/ Construction Project Manager will be your WatchDog to save your dollars, reduce project manager, condo renovation watchdog,your stress, assure a quality project which meets your specifications, and deliver peace-of-mind.
Shoot Phil Eide a text or give him a call…he’s President of Properties, Probe, and Renovation (PPR). He’ll discuss our process, pricing, and scheduling with you. Here’s the text or call number216.577.5579

Here’s the website: www.propertiesprobeandrenovation.com

Planning a Home Renovation? Get a Diagnostic Forensic Home Inspection YESTERDAY!

Your Home Renovation’s Costs, Timelines, and Quality home inspections, house inspections, property inspectionsControls – as well as your Sanity – may be determined by whether you invest in an in depth, top to bottom diagnostic forensic Inspection of all the Home’s Structures and Systems.
When it comes to Home Renovations, what you don’t know will hurt you! The inspection will neutralize the sayings “Expect the Unexpected” and “If It Can Go Wrong, It Will”!
What’s Behind Your Walls? Whether you are a Do-It-Yourselfer or working with a Renovation Construction Project Manager or even a Contractor, all the structures in your home are fed by the same systems—electrical, plumbing, sewer, HVAC, etc.
Do you actually know how healthy any of those systems are in your home?? Because, chances are really strong that there are faults in one or more of those systems. Investing in a renovation project whose faulty systems are connecting to your new project means ripping out the new to make the repairs in addition to repairing the faults elsewhere in your home. That situation is not just a bad dream…that’s called a NIGHTMARE…
Solution? Find out about your home’s structures and systems BEFORE you begin your renovation. And do so in a thorough way using vetted skilled professionals to perform a Diagnostic Forensic Inspection of your property’s structures and systems. We are PPR and that’s what we do. We do not offer a one and done service.
Do you have a Diagnostic Forensic Home Inspection job for us today?? Shoot Phil Eide a text or give him a call…he’s President of Properties, Probe, and Renovation (PPR). He’ll discuss our process, pricing, and scheduling with you.
home renovation, renovation wartchdog, project managerWe’re the WatchDogs whose job it is to represent your real estate interests…
to protect your property, its safety, and its value.
Here’s the number: 216.577.5579
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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.

project manager, watchdog, PPR WatchDogAre you a Home Owner, Potential Buyer, Real Estate Investor Planning a Renovation/Remodeling Project?

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

Spring Is The Season – Avoid the General Contractor Related Renovation Nightmares!

There is a Cost-Effective Alternative to Working With a General Contractor – Most People Have Experiences or Heard About the Horror Stories!

(Partially Reprinted from our Blog of 11/13/2017 – By Popular Demand)

You’ve Heard the Horror Stories..And I’ve Been There Myself! Many years ago I depended on a GC to oversee a large renovation project only to find myself in the midst of continual project delays, inferior materials and installations and as a result, a project completed at a lesser qualityUsing a Project Manager - Making the right renovation decision!than the overall design had dictated plus many lost dollars. The GC made claims and promises he did not keep and I had virtually no recourse. I learned then how important an Owner Representative Project Manager is…one who provides onsite oversight to meet the owner’s objectives from project inception to project completion. Choosing a PM over a GC makes it possible to survive a renovation so that planned outcomes are realized with a minimum of unplanned disruptions, stress, sleepless nights, problems with partners, and financial losses!

Make Your Renovation Project Experience Rewarding – Hire a Project Manger(PM), NOT a General Contractor(GC)! The common wisdom is that a residential and/or commercial real estate renovation project requires a GC to head up the construction, which is only one phase of the project. Unfortunately, especially in the residential realm, most owners are not aware of the more comprehensive role which a PM plays in a renovation: managing a renovation project from design, through construction to completion. In other words, the PM oversees the entire project as the owner’s representative; the GC only operates during the construction phase representing his/her staff of trades and vendors supplying construction materials. The use of a PM is more common to commercial projects, and high-end construction and renovations. They are utilized by top architectural firms.

Unfortunately, most owners planning to begin a renovation project begin the construction process by interviewing and asking for bids from GCs only after working with architects and engineers during the design phase. The wiser course is for the owner to seek out a PM at the start of the design process who then moves into the construction phase understanding, visualizing, and executing the overall project design through onsite oversight.

Here’s Where Many Renovation Nightmares Begin! Not realizing that they have the PM choice, many owners try to find a GC thinking the GC represents their interests and will therefore work to meet their specific needs, complete the project on time and stay in budget. Most owners who have undertaken a renovation, however, encounter the following problems as a result of working with a GC because a GC is NOT the owner’s representative, but rather represents their staff of trades and their materials vendors.

Common GC Nightmares

Lack of Communications Systems Failures
Attitude Problems w/ Subcontractors Unfinished Projects
Starting & Quitting Times w/ Workers Missed Deadlines
Worker Cleanliness, Attire and Language Lack of Invoices and Documentation
Lack of Craftsmanship Project Cost Overruns
Substandard Materials and Installation Delayed Completion Dates
Lack of GC Project & Worker Oversight Lack of Transparency
Unfinished Projects Lack of Ongoing Accountability
Lack of Oversight Inferior Materials
Inferior Installations Expensive Litigation

Need More Info on the Difference Between a PM and a GC? Here are Some Details…

The Project Manager (PM) becomes involved in the owner’s renovation process during the planning/ pre-construction phase and continues to work on behalf of the client by overseeing the construction project on a day-by-day basis from start to finish. The PM vets the best of workers, trades, and subcontractors to complete each individual phase of the project with a concentrated effort to streamline project scheduling among the trades to keep the focus on quality, cost and time. By involving PMs early in the development process, the pre-construction design team is capable of making more informed decisions and the construction team is capable of deriving more precise cost estimates, thereby saving the client time and money. The collaboration between the client, construction Project Manager, architects and engineers results in a better-informed and more efficient project process, further strengthens relationships, and yields specific and overall project outcomes which best meet the client’s plan design.

 The General Contractor (GC) becomes involved after the architects and engineers have completed the plans and is responsible for only the management and coordination of the construction phase of a project. GCs are typically hired on by the client through a bidding process that integrates the advice from the client’s consultants, namely the architects and engineers. Often the lowest qualified bid is selected for the job. The GC uses his own staff, trades, subcontractors and materials vendors with whom he/she has a working relationship. Once the construction process is underway, the GC primarily interacts with the client through the architect. There is little to no effort made to foster an environment of cooperation and collaboration between the GC, client, and architect. Often, this results in misunderstandings, confrontations, hostilities and less than planned-for project outcomes.
 Item-by-item Comparison Between a PM and a GM

Project Manager (PM)

General Contractor (GC)

Works with Architects & Engineers at the beginning of the Real Estate Renovation project– Assists with design and purchasing

Bids on project after architectural & engineering plans are drafted – Not involved in the client, architect, or engineer’s design vision so execution can be compromised

Has the capacity to manage multiple types of projects

Often has expertise and workers focused on specific types of construction

Vets and hires the most expert trades and professionals to construct each job associated with the renovation, researches the best solutions for the design, and oversees materials quality and installation

Utilizes own staff, trades, and materials vendors with whom they have an ongoing relationship, often with cursory regard for the expertise needed for a given project

Trades and subcontractors hired by PM as the Owner’s Representative

Trades and subcontractors work for GC – Client has little or no say

Works with the client, architect, and designers to select materials compatible with the owners specifications

Generally works with the materials provided by the client through the architects and designers, and/or the materials vendors with whom the GC has a financial relationship, with minimal, if any, client input

As the Owner’s Representative, works with Architects, Engineers and specific trades to assure that all permits are obtained, work is to code, and that inspections go smoothly to protect the owner

Generally expects the Architects, Engineers and Subcontractors to handle permits, code violations and inspections with the responsibility for meeting code requirements left to the Client.

Works with client on paying trades and subcontractors when projects – or parts of projects – have been inspected for quality and approved when the job specifications have been met. Provides the client with invoices and daily work logs

Client pays GC who pays the Trades and Subcontractors and materials as agreed upon with client, most often without critical materials and/or project quality inspection and approval…GC may or may not itemize expenses and hours for the client

Communicates with the client on a daily basis – or as agreed upon. Total transparency re: the concerns, progress and costs of projects

Generally have limited communications with the client – unless there are major problems, delays or when more funding is required

Provides onsite oversight whenever work is being done on projects associated with the renovation, inspecting projects for quality as work is being done

Is on site only as needed by the trades and subcontractors with cursory oversight for quality of materials and installation specified by the project design

Here’s a Second Opinion About the Value of a PM vs a GC From a Leader in the Construction Industry…

Watchdogpm is an owner representative firm for large commercial and industrial projects and is not related to PPR. Watchdogpm says that before you decide whether to hire a Project PM or a GC for your next real estate project, you should …know the difference. And if you can’t decide, do your project a favor: hire a project manager who will manage your full project scope, not just construction.”

condo renovation management, project management, condominium renovation, renovating a condoHere’s the PPR Conclusion If you want a strong foundation for the real estate renovation project you are considering, it’s time to take the 1st Steps by putting together your management team: Architect; Engineers and Project Manager. Then your renovation project will be completed with a minimum of fuss and bother and a maximum of satisfaction and pride!

We’re good listeners at PPR and if you and we agree that the fit is right, our PPR WatchDog is ready, willing and able to protect your real estate interests by managing your full scope of project through onsite oversight–from inception to completion!

Are You Interested In What a Project Manager Will Do For You?

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                  We Will Be Your WatchDog!

                    Email Phil Eide – phil@contactppr.com 

          Text/Call – 216.577.5579

Dream Home Renovations – Planning, Preparing & Completing!!!

Check List for Making Your Dream
Home a Reality – Love Where You Live! 

renovations, project management, dream home renovationsLet’s Get You Started On Your Dream Home Renovation – Planning a large home renovation project can be a daunting, frustrating, time-consuming task. You want the results to be worth the time and money!

Horror Stories – Unfortunately, we have all heard about Renovation Nightmares. So how can you avoid renovation pitfalls? PPR has put together a Checklist of Phases and Strategies to avoid most of the surprises:

Phase 1 – Start Planning Your Dream – Allow Plenty of Time!home renovations, dream homes, project management,

Make Your Wish List. What are your – and your family’s – wants and needs. It’s OK to think out of the box! What are your priorities? Consider what should happen ASAP and what can wait.

What do you want the Renovation to Look Like? Think through the Size, Design and Style of Your Dream. Walk through the existing space and visualize the changes.

Will the Renovations be a Sound Investment? Are the anticipated renovations a good investment given your home’s location and the compatible values in the area? Grapple with the question, “Should you stay and renovate or should you move?”.

Meet with Family and Significant Others. Discuss what each party is looking for with a renovation to meet their specific needs. How will they deal with the inconveniences? How can they assist?

Create a Great Preliminary Design. Consult with an architectural designer and engineers to look at all of the possibilities with no commitments to utilize their services.

What Can You Afford to Spend? Consider how you will fund your intended renovationsNote – While many advisers will recommend a cushion of 10%, for the sake of your sanity we suggest 20%. You will not want to be forced to cut corners or compromise on code compliance when costs increase.

Plan Your Financing. If you’ll need financing, research: the opportunities, rates, requirements, and timelines.

Check Your Calendars. What is your timeline for the renovation? Are their times during the year – or events on your schedule – that will be compromised by the ongoing renovation. Remember – Renovations often take longer than expected!

Organize and Declutter. This phase can take a month or more! You’ll need to clear work spaces as well as other living spaces that may be affected by the renovation. Determine what should stay, what should be given away and what goes to the trash. Decluttering and organizing services can make the job easy! Remember – Protect your valuables during the renovation period when many people will be in and out of the house.

Plan for Problems and the Unexpected – Expect the Unexpected. You can expect cost increases, delays from trades people, equipment breakdowns, supply shortages, and system problems. Working with a Project Manager(PM) can substantially reduce unexpected surprises. The PM can be your onsight eyes and ears – Your WatchDog!

home renovation, project management, project planningPhase 2 – Renovation Planning – Being Prepared!

Talk to Your Insurance Agent. Contact your insurance agent to help make sure you’re comfortable with the amount of coverage you have in place for your renovation project. Your PM will make sure the various trades carry needed coverages. Once the renovation is complete, consider having your agent evaluate your coverage again so you can be assured it fits your needs.

Begin looking for an Architect & Engineers – Good article on working with an Architect – https://www.realhomes.com/advice/how-to-work-with-an-architect

Make sure that you and your Architect are in sync with your style and design desires – Your Aesthetic!

Here’s a Link to why you may need an Engineer(s) – https://www.bestructural.com/when-should-you-hire-a-structural-engineer/

Make sure that the Engineer, Architect and Project Manager are introduced and get together early in the Planning Phase.

Begin looking for a Project Manager  Finding a Project Manager with whom you can work closely with is essential. They’ll not only be your eyes and ears for the term of the renovation – Your WatchDog, the PM will be on the front line of communications with the other professionals, trades and suppliers.

Why a Project Manager(PM) and not a General Contractor(GC)? Unlike a GC, the PM is loyal to you and only you – they vet the best of trades available and help select the best materials from all available sources! The PM works with you, the Architect, the Engineers and other Professionals to assist in creating the Plans, timelines and Budgets to meet your Needs and Price Points! The PM is your WatchDog!

Select the Architect, Engineers and Project Manager. Working with carefully selected Professionals will provide you a comfort zone and save you time and money. In addition, the city and other public entities will appreciate your working with professionals and expedite project approvals.

Schedule Group Meetings with your Architect, Engineers and Project Manager. Make sure they fully understand your – and your family’s – Dreams and Budget as they begin Designs, Estimated Costs and Timelines.

 Schedule Another Meeting with Family and Significant Others. Review the status of the renovation with all involved parties. Get their input and keep them in the loop!

 Interview and Select Design Professionals (If Desired). They can assist you with the selection and coordination of interior design and furnishing decisions. They will help to determine and hone your aesthetic. Allow yourself one to two months to choose everything. While you are shopping for tile and hardwood floors, your Architect, Engineers and PM will finalize construction drawings, the budget and complete the details required for permits and approvals.

 Create Spaces for Yourself and Family – Don’t Forget the Pets. Select rooms that will remain relatively untouched by the chaos. Equip the areas with whatever you might need to keep your sanity for the duration of the renovation. Check with the Architect and PM to assure that at least one full bathroom will always be in service. Determine when and for how long the kitchen will be out of commission? Remember that the power, water and HVAC for periods of time.

 Staying In Your House? Determine if you and your family will be forced to find other living quarters during phases of the renovation. Make the arrangements!

 Inform Your Neighbors. Renovation projects create noise, dust, traffic, road-side parking and other potential disruptions for your neighbors. Letting them know your renovation schedule will reduce potential problems and keep the peace.

Phase 3 – Getting the Renovation Underway! Don’t Miss a Step!dream home, project manager, home renovation, dream renovations

A Forensic Home Inspection is a Diagnostic Must. Before starting the renovation you’ll want to make sure that the existing structures and systems are in sound and in good order. The Forensic Inspection will go far beyond more common home inspections and uncover problems that could occur during or after the renovation – Early Detection!

Have a Floor Plan Created. It is well worth the time and cost to have a floor plan created for the entire house. You can avoid critical and often costly design mistakes when armed with a floor plan. Your PM will provide each of the trades a floor plan giving them needed measurements and marking the location of wall, fixtures, etc. The floor plan will also be a valuable tool as you begin planning furnishings and their placement.

Here’s a good question to discuss with your Architect, Designer and PM provided by HomeAdvisor — “Figuring $80 to $100 per square foot, does each square foot in the plan truly ‘earn its keep’? Can wasted square footage be turned into usable living space or eliminated? Could more storage and closets be added throughout the home? Does the design take best advantage of the views, maximize the natural light, and offer privacy?”

Secure Required Permits . Permits are generally required in most municipalities, permits are critical to helping avoid having to redo work. Your PM will check on the regulations, codes and inspection schedules to assure you are in compliance. Your PM will also work with the various trades to assure your projects are in compliance.

Schedule “Pulse Meetings” with your PM. It is extremely important to keep open lines of communication with your PM. Remember – – The PM should be your eyes and ears on the renovation project – Your WatchDog! If you have questions or concerns about any phase of the renovation project, the quality of workmanship or the tradesmen involved, the PM can answer your questions and take action when necessary. When you have suggestions for additions or changes to the renovation plan, the PM will work with you – and the the Architect if necessary – to determine the added costs and impact on completion dates. The PM will also keep you posted on the status of all renovation projects as well as the budget and timelines. The PM delivers Peace of Mind!

Determine the Demolition Required. Before the new construction begins,  old structures may need to be removed. Demolition will vary project by project, but will include everything from: Pulling up carpet, Taking down wallpaper, Tearing down walls, Removing old pipes, Pulling old wiring, Cutting a hole in the roof, etc. Some demolitions can be accomplished in a few days while others may take much longer. During the demolition, all workers and the PM should be looking for indications of mold, lead paint and other toxic materials. If toxic problems are found, the PM will take all proper actions and keep you informed!

Determine the Utility Requirements. Electrical – The Forensic Inspection Professional, Engineer and PM will determine if parts or all of the house needs to be rewired. For those who are installing new appliances or find they will be utilizing numerous electronic devices, the electrical panel may need updating as well. The PM will need to work with your utility.

Gas Lines – Gas lines may need to be updated or moved if you are remodeling a bathroom, a kitchen or adding heating systems.

Water and Sewer Lines – Your renovation may be a good opportunity to update water and sewer lines – they’ll be scoped during the Forensic Inspection. Replacement pipes are not only more sturdy but also allow water and sewage to flow more quietly. It’s wise to replace pipes before new flooring and walls are installed.

Renovation Oversight. The PM, or you, should be onsight during the entire renovation and inspect all work as it is completed by various trades. Tradesman should be paid in full until their work is inspected and approved. No walls, floors, ceilings, etc. should be installed until the systems and structures behind are inspected and approved! An advantage to having a PM is that they can be onsight as your eyes and ears while you go about your day-to-day activities!

Keep Renovation Records, Documentation, Invoices, etc. With the assistance of your PM, you should keep a file of all invoices, information provided by professionals, warranty information, instructions, etc. In addition – It will also be wise to keep a photo record of the entire renovation process from start to finish. This can be extremely important for insurance purposes, when selling the home or for walks down memory lane!

Finalize Household Arrangements. Now that you know when the renovation work will begin, the PM, or you, should make arrangements for dumpsters, storage containers and booking a hotel room for the days and nights when you and your family may need to stay outside the house.

Inspect and Review All Deliveries. The PM, or you, should inspect all deliveries and invoices to assure that the deliveries: (1) Match what was ordered (2) The price is correct (3) The quantity is accurate and (4) That nothing was damaged.

Unfortunately, as many as 20% of all deliveries will have a problem. These problems can cost time and money! Another advantage to having a PM is that the PM will not only be responsible for the inspections but also rectify the problems. In addition, when there is a problem with deliveries, the PM will adjust the trade’s timelines as required. It is costly and frustrating to have trades onsight without the needed materials.

Keep and Update Timelines for the Projects and Trades on a Daily Basis. The timelines for the various trades are interdependent upon the completion of each phase of a project by other trades – as well as the delivery of required materials. In addition, the projects may require the scheduling of multiple trades to complete that phase of the project. Trades must work together! Unfortunately, when one trade falls behind in their work – or the required materials are not available – the timelines will need to be updated and distributed.

 Plan the Cleanup Processes – Ongoing and at Completion. Working with your PM, develop a plan for dealing with all the dust and debris on a daily basis! The PM will assure that the trades keep their work areas clean, their tools organized and that they keep passage ways open as best possible.

project manager, home renovations, construction managementConclusion – There is a great deal of planning that goes into a home renovation. Whether you’re doing room-by-room updates or gutting the entire house from the ground up, you’ll need to utilize trained professional and carefully vetted trades at each stage!

A Project Manager will help complete each of the required steps to make your dream home become a reality. The PM will be your eyes and ears – Your WatchDog – focusing on Quality, Timing, Costs and Meeting Your Expectations! Your PM will provide a unique vision and a hands-on approach to your renovation that will help your project run smoothly to bring you the Home of Your Dreams!

Are you a Home Owner, Potential Buyer, Real Estate Investor Planning a Renovation/Remodeling Project? 

Are You Interested In What a Project Manager Will Do For You?renovation WatchDog, project manager

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

Successful Home Renovations Are All About Decisions! Do You Have The Time and Expertise?

Do You Have the Time and Expertise to Vet, Schedule, Supervise and Coordinate a Team of Tradesman to control your Renovation’s Quality, Timelines, and Cost Outcomes? 
Even a limited renovation project can require multiple tradesconstruction trades, vetting trades, selecting trades working with several of your home’s structures and systems, ie. electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc. In addition, once a project is underway there can be costly surprises – Most Avoidable!
Expect the Unexpected – Recently we, Properties, Probe & Renovation(PPR), were called into a project that started small but was full of costly surprises for the owner! The owner’s original plan was for a new deck, fence and cosmetic interior improvements. The plan changed dramatically and the cost skyrocketed due to system failures that were uncovered as work began. The projects evolved into a need for mold remediation, system replacements, structural improvements and the need to fully redo the interior! The original plan evolved into a major renovation!
Note – A forensic inspection of the house prior to the owners beginning the home inspections, house inspections, property inspectionssmall projects would have made a tremendous difference in the planning process, the time required for renovation and have reduced the overall costs – as well as reducing the emotional roller coaster of surprises for the owner! Even though the inspection would have delivered bad news, the owner would not have been constantly facing unexpected surprises and the accompanying unexpected costs!
When the owner contacted PPR to be the Project Manager, we were able to work with him to: (1) Bring organization to the renovation project, (2) Create timelines (3) Establish a flexible budget (4) Begin the process of vetting the required trades, and (5) Bring the owner some Peace-of-Mind. PPR became the owner’s eyes and ears – His WatchDog!

As PPR working with the owner looked at the all encompassing renovation, it became apparent that a long list of integrated trades would be needed to bring the project to completion. Each of the trades would need to be vetted for quality, availability and cost. The owner of the property did not have the time or expertise to perform the vetting. This is one of the ways a Project Manager is valuable.

PPR need to vet ththe extensive list of trades below! This list should assist other owners in understanding the time and expertise required to select, manage, supervise and coordinate the tradesman and other professionals required to complete a project!
Note – the above owner’s home was only 1,400 square feet!
Here’s a Sample List of Tradespeople
Architects
Environmental
Consultants
Landscapers
Storage Facilities
Basements
Fence Installers
Landscape Designers
Surveyors
Carpenters
Floor Heater
Systems
Mudders & Tappers
Technology
Cement
Foundation Experts
Organizers & Packers
Tilers
Cement
Leveling
Garage Door Installers
Painters – Interior
Trench Diggers
Chimneys and
Fireplaces
Geothermal Systems
Painters – Exterior
Trash Haulers
Closet Systems
Grading
Pest Control
Utility Line Locators
Counter Installers
Gutters & Downspouts
Plumbers
Wall Paper Installers
Day Labor
Hot Water Heaters
POD Providers
Window & Doors
Decks
HVAC
Roofers
Zoning Specialists
Driveways
Insulation Specialists
Security Systems
And More!
Drywallers
Interior Designers
Siding Companies
Electricians
Kitchen – Interior
Site Selection
Specialists
Engineers
Kitchens- Exterior
Stone Flooring
Do You Have the Time or Expertise to Vet, Schedule, and Supervise a Team of Tradespeople to fulfill your Project’s Quality and Cost-Efficiency Outcomes? PPR does.
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The PPR Mission — To Protect the Client’s Interests and Provide Peace of Mind!!

PPR will Safeguard the Quality and Costs of Your Forensic Inspection and/or Renovation Project by vetting expert tradespeople, efficiently scheduling project tasks, coordinating projects and providing onsight oversight. Our WatchDog Services!      

         Tell us about your Project…
            Contact Phil Eide . Email: phil@contactppr.com . Call or Text: 216.577.5579 . Visit: www.propertiesprobeandrenovation.com 

              

 


Who Can Protect Your Real Estate Interests – Residential & Commercial?

PPR – We’re Your Real Estate WatchDog!

What Does PPR Do?

About PPR. We at Properties, Probe and Renovation (PPR) are getting interesting and valuable inquires about the breadth and depth of our services! We are also getting many questions about what PPR does and what differentiates our model in each of our business sectors. In addition, people want to know how PPR can help them! 

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 PPR Services and What We Do. PPR started with a focus on 3 real estate related sectors and added 2 based on market demand. Here are PPR’s 5 key competencies:

3. Onsight Property Management – and we added

4. Decluttering & Organization – web page under construction

5. Home Watch – web page under construction 

 Note: One question generally comes up 1st as people review PPR’s services:

The Question – How can PPR claim superior expertise in each of these diverse specialties?

The Answer – No one organization could effectively provide the all of the following 5 services. Unlike many companies who claim to “Do it all”, PPR vets local industry professionals to meet the specific needs of the client. We then act as the WatchDog as the professional(s) perform their services to assure quality!   

Description of PPR’s Services. The 5 PPR services and how the services can assist potential clients:

1) Site Location. PPR is a Site Location and Real Estate site location, site search, real estate sites Search Company focused on locating the most perfect residential or commercial property per our Client’s financial and/or lifestyle specifications. As our Client’s PPR WatchDog, we are not obligated to dual agency as are most real estate brokers–therefore we consider ONLY the interests of our Clients.

2) Forensic Property Inspections. PPR is a Real Estate home inspections, house inspections, real estate inspectionsForensic Inspection Company utilizing vetted trade experts to perform a thorough, objective probe/examination of the land, physical structure, and systems of the Client’s property of interest to identify current and potential maladies. What value does our PPR WatchDog protection offer our Client? With a thorough analysis of the condition of a property, financial risk is reduced because the current or potential ROI can be more accurately assessed.

3) Renovation Project Management. PPR is an Onsite Oversight Renovation Project Management Company acting as our Client’s project management, construction management, renovation management, remodeling managementPPR WatchDog by supervising a renovation project from inception to completion! PPR works with our Client’s design teams – Architects, Engineers and Designers –  and then vet the repair and installation teams during the construction phases of the project. These efforts protect our Client against poor quality materials and unacceptable installations to better assure the Client’s desired outcomes. Unlike General Contractors who are generally focused on keeping a sub-contractor team together, timelines, and moving onto the next renovation project, PPR is focused on completing our Client’s renovation project to their own specifications. We focus exclusively on our Client’s lifestyle needs before, during, and after the renovation; the quality of their project; and cost-controls.

decluttering, clutter, home decluttering, home organization4) Decluttering & Organization. PPR understands clutter and how to help our Clients overcome it. Utilizing hands-on tools, systems, and solutions for organizing and decluttering, PPR provides vetted professionals who focus on optimizing living and working spaces for renovation prep, downsizing, or refreshing. Respecting our Clients and their possessions is paramount through the sorting, packing, distribution, and relocation process. With efficiency and cost-savings, PPR helps clients  manage their decluttering and organizing projects to reduce stress and frustration!

5) Home Watch. PPR looks after a home and property when the owner is away for an extended period? When seasonal or extended business home watch, house watch, home visitationtravelers, those working out-of-town, absentee owners, lessors, and others cannot regularly oversee their own property, PPR provides a visitation service which verifies the condition and safety of a property during the owner’s absence. In addition, PPR provides our Clients with vetted services and trades to handle emergencies which may arise. Such a simple solution to provide peace-of-mind!

What PPR Provides Clients. People who are looking for or own real estate! More than ever, those seeking and owning real estate require professional services which represent their interests on an unbiased basis – their eyes and ears!. The needs may start with the location of a best real estate watchdog, watchdog, property watchproperty to inspecting the properties in which they have an interest to assisting in renovation project management. PPR becomes our Client’s WatchDog!

How Can PPR Assist You?

The best way is to send us a brief email – phil@contactppr.com – describing your project, location and any questions. You can also call or text Phil at 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.