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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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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Renovating a Condo – A New Beginning or Starting a Nightmare?

 Are you a Condominium Owner, Potential Buyer or Investor Planning a Renovation? condo renovation, condominium renovation, condo livingKeep the Following in Mind!

The Appeal of Condo Living – Condo ownership and living has tremendous appeal and advantages for many people of all all ages and income brackets. One big draws to condo ownership is the freedom from maintenance! Your monthly Condo fee covers difficult and time consuming tasks like exterior painting, cleaning gutters, shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, repairing outside structures, etc.

Whether or not a condo is for you and your family generally depends on your lifestyle choices and economic factors.

One negative to Condo living is that within each complex most units have similar floor plans and lack personal design touches. Many individuals and families who like the location, amenities and ease of living would like to put their personal signature on their unit by making physical changes – Renovations!

Making a Condo Your Own – While in most cases the buyers/owners are satisfied with the basic external structures,condo renovation, condominium renovation, hurdles to condo renovation they want to make changes to the floor plan and interior design to make the Condo more livable to meet their specific needs and possibly add value.

Unfortunately, renovating a Condo is not the same as other types of residential renovations! Here’s what other leaders in th real estate industry have written about planning Condo renovations:

The Spruce (a home [Condo] focused website offering practical, real-life tips to help create better homes) points out —

With respect to remodeling, condos can be both wonderful and a nightmare.  

Wonderful: by living communally with others, you harness the power of numbers.  Collective strength is powerful when negotiating costs with contractors. Also, big ticket projects tend to cost less than the sum of their parts.

Nightmare: everything else. Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) tightly control all aspects of condo remodeling through the CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions), which all condo owners become legally obligated to follow when they purchase their property…”

Houzz Ideabook by Yanic Simard added, Renovating a stand-alone house and renovating a condo unit can produce similar-looking results, but the processes can be very different. Each renovation of a condominium space comes with its own limitations, possibilities and strategies, all of which you should consider before beginning a project — even before purchasing a space. To make sure you aren’t hit with any unpleasant surprises…

Before starting the Condo renovation it is wise to fully understand the Risks and the Boundaries!

What To Do When Planning a Condo Renovation – The renovating a condo, renovating a condominium, condo renovation project manager, project manager above mentioned Houzz article offers 10 recommendations on how to proceed with a Condo Renovation. They are worth your attention:

1. Know the rules. The first thing to understand before planning a condo renovation is the relevant policies of your condo board…

2. Know who you’re renovating for. Once you know what your board will and will not allow, you have to figure out who you’re designing for…

3. Know your limits. Many of the points in this article may seem to be about things you can’t do, but it’s important to know your project limitations before you fall in love with an idea that you won’t be able to turn into reality…

4. Move the eye, not your fixtures. Usually, bathroom fixtures cannot be moved any significant distance — at least not without a massive expense — which means you’re going to have to leave that toilet where it is, and you may not be able to add that second sink…

5. Lower your lighting. Speaking of moving fixtures and walls, you should keep in mind that many condos have cement ceilings, which means you won’t be able to drill into them much either…

6. Build up instead of tearing down. Richly detailed moldings are popular for traditional houses, but condo projects often include them as well to give a home in the sky the same richness and traditional elegance as classic earthbound abodes. However, getting this look isn’t as simple as just tearing down the old, plain molding; the door frames that your condo unit comes with are probably metal and not easy to simply remove…

7. Stay flexible. I find that clients often come into renovation projects with a lot of decisions already made about what they do and do not want, not just in a more general sense, but sometimes in very specific ways…

8. Don’t be afraid to paint. You may hate a dramatically dark paint job. Or you may love it but worry what the next owner would think. Ultimately, the risk in choosing an unusual paint color is overrated… 

9. Work with a third party. When working within the rules of a more strict condo association, it can benefit you even more than usual to work with a designer or tradesperson. These pros can go beyond just the essential contractor duties and help coordinate the many deliveries. That way, the arrival of furniture and materials is streamlined to fewer individual trips, with materials arriving only when needed…

10. Stay somewhere else. If at all possible, complete a condo renovation while you do not live in the space. Either do the work before you move in, or find a temporary residence for a week or so during the most intense part of the construction, such as when you won’t have a bathroom or kitchen for a few days.
Staying with friends, family or even at a hotel for a few days can turn your mid-renovation nightmare into a fun trip or staycation. You’ll experience much less stress, and you’ll enjoy the process more without having to see the ugly, messy in-between phases of construction when clients most often freak out…

From the above it becomes obvious that renovating a Condo has its hurdles! Taking your renovation from inception to completion requires planning, patience and diligence – It’s not for the faint of heart!

What To Do Next – Don’t Give Up! You Can Put Your Signature on the Condo! We at PPR hope that the above has not convinced you to:

  1. Start searching for another Condo that does not need renovations

  2. Abandon the changes you hoped to make to your current Condo and live with what you have

  3. Sell the Condo you have to find another with exactly what you want

  4. Move into a single family home!

If you like the style, location, neighborhood, neighbors, etc. of the Condo you live in, are considering buying or investing in, it may be worth your investment of time and money to move forward with the renovations. Many people have taken this route and are very pleased with the process and results! Our recommendation at PPR is “Don’t Go It Alone”. Work with professionals, and follow the three P’s – Plan-Plan-Plan!

OK – Let’s Get Started with Your Condo Renovation – The 1st Moves ia a Must! As you start putting your renovation ideascondo renovation management, project management, condominium renovation, renovating a condo together, interview and select a Project Manager(PM)The PM can mitigate the Systemic Risks and Stress Points involved in your Condo renovation.

The Project Manager(PM) vs a General Contractor(GC)? The General Contractor(GC) will have a much more limited role in your renovation process. The GC work tends to begin after the Architect and Engineer(s) provides designs and quotes/costs. The GC’s work ends when the physical renovation is completed. In addition, the GC is usually not trained or skilled in the compliance and negotiating skills required to work with the multiple entities involved in your Condo renovation. 

The PM will be at your side and acting as your eyes and ears – Your WatchDog – from the inception of the renovation until its completion. The PM will: (1) Work with you, Architect and Engineer(s) during the design/cost phases; (2) Assure that all appropriate documents are filed and approved; (3) Vet the required trades and suppliers to meet your specific requirements; and (4) Be onsight during the renovation to assure that your interests are well represented with a focus on Quality, Cost and Timeliness. The PM will be loyal to you and only you – not sharing loyalties with trades and suppliers.

More about the Project Manager:

  • The PM will work with you at each and every stage of the renovation and make sure all I’s are dotted ant T’s are crossed. The PM will handle the Boards, Associations, Committees, Regulators, etc. The PM will be your eyes and ears and substantially reduce your – and your family’s – risk and stress. The PM will be your WatchDog! 
  • The PM will help select qualified Architects, Engineers and required Trades not only to reduce your risk but also to expedite the entire renovation process. 
  • The PM will be sensitive to your and your neighbors needs throughout the renovation process to avoid inconveniences and complaints. 
  • The PM will take the time to align your – and your family’s – personal interest with the input and work of the Architect, Engineers, Trades, etc.
  • The PM will closely monitor all changes in Cost, Timelines and Situations that might have an impact on quality or your desired aesthetic.
  • The PM will maintain open lines of communications with you to assure transparency about the status of the your renovation project. 

While your Condo renovations will be challenging, the hurdles, stress and risks can be overcome by working with a Project Manager!

The Bottom Line. You can’t always make the renovations on your Condo you desire!

As HomeFixated stresses, “Being a condo owner often feels like living in the purgatory of real estate. On one hand, you’re an owner! It’s property in your name that you’re responsible for and have a say on. On the other hand, your property is within the confines of a condo corporation, and so, they too, have a certain responsibility and say over what happens within their domain.”

As the Condo owner, you – and your Project Manager – have to walk a fine line of what you want to do with your home and what you’re allowed to do.

The Good News is that it is your Condo and you can renovate within certain guidelines!

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Are You Interested In What a Project Manager Will Do For You? Tell Us About Your Condo Project –

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We Will Be Your WatchDog! Email Phil Eide – [email protected] 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

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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: [email protected] . Call or Text: 216.577.5579 . Visit: www.propertiesprobeandrenovation.com 

              

 


Pricing Information for the PPR Renovation Project Management Services – Your Property Renovation WatchDog!

PPR’s Renovation Project Management Flexible Pricing

About PPR Renovation Project Management Pricing Designed to Protect the Client’s Renovation Project Quality, Cost-Controls and Timeline Outcomes!

To provide our potential clients an estimated price for PPR’s Real orenovation pricing, cost of renovations, remodeling costs, estimating construction costs Estate Renovation Project Management Services, it is essential to outline two important factors:

1) How the PPR Project Management Services differ from services most often offered by a General Contractor

2) What components contribute to the price estimate for Renovation Project Management Services.

The PPR Difference:

A) PPR has only one master—our Client. Unlike General Contractors, who often base their decisions about the use of trades-people and materials predicated on existing relationships, PPR serves the Client’s needs and wishes exclusively while demanding quality from the trades and suppliers.

B) PPR Project Managers utilize an ongoing project budget daily, weekly, and monthly to assist in tracking and managing potential overages and savings when compared to budget projections. Project Managers communicate budget changes with the Client as they arise or as agreed upon with the Client.

C) At the project inception, PPR orchestrates the work with and between the Client, architects, engineers, designers and other professionals to take the project from paper drawings to the worksite.

D) Working with professionals and trades for all components of the renovation project, the PPR Project Manager oversees compliance with all local, state, and federal building codes, standards, and regulations.

E) PPR diligently works with all of the workers and trades to assure safe worksite practices and compliance with applicable OSHA regulations.

F) The responsibility of the PPR Project Manager begins at project inception and concludes at the project completion. On an ongoing basis, PPR tracks the total renovation including: orchestration of the project’s professionals: architect(s), engineer(s), designer(s), etc; cost estimates; site preparation; vetting contractors, trades and other professionals; creating time lines; scheduling project workers and trades; ordering and checking materials; client communications; and quality controls.

G) Providing onsite oversight with respect to both human and material resources, PPR Project Managers optimize the quality of each renovation project from inception to completion. They supervise the professionals, workers, and trades to include: hiring; goal setting; commitment to start-up and shut-down times; daily evaluation; quality of work and clean-up; discipline and firing.

H) PPR acts as an onsite referee to resolve disputes between and among various professionals, trades, and suppliers.

I) PPR coordinates the scheduling for the diverse renovation and construction trades required for each component of the Project to create efficient timelines on an ongoing basis throughout the life of the Project.

J) Given that record-keeping is essential to the near- and long-term success of any renovation project, PPR retains copies of all records and documents..

K) Client/Project Manager ongoing, open communications are critical to the success of the Project’s quality, cost, and timelines. The PPR printed and emailed communications to the Client include itemized updates of all PPR Project Management activities.

Producing an Estimated Price for Both the (1) Planning & Inspection Phase and (2) the Onsite Renovation Phase of the PPR Project Management

remodeling costs, renovation costs, construction estimates1. An initial Quote for PPR Planning and Inspection Project Management Services. PPR provides the potential client with an Initial Price Quote – based on hours, the PPR hourly wage, travel and related expenses – which includes, but is not limited to: PPR’s price for representing the Client during the planning stages, overseeing the Forensic Inspection, and working with the other professionals – Architect(s), Engineer(s), Designer(s), etc. – to put the project on paper and develop a projected renovation project cost estimate and timeline.

NOTE. When the potential Client agrees to move forward with the initial Planning and Inspection stage, a 40% good faith retainer will be paid by the client to PPR based on the Initial Quote. The remaining 60% will be paid by the Client to PPR upon the presentation to the Client by PPR of the Forensic Inspection Report, and Project Cost Estimate/Timeline Report.

2. A Secondary Quote for the PPR Onsite Renovation Project Management Services. PPR provides the potential client with a price quote for its role as onsite Project Manager from the beginning of the renovation, including vetting the trades and materials, until completion. During this phase of the project, PPR becomes the Client’s protecting eyes and ears: The PPR WatchDog!

NOTE 1. For the Day-to-Day Project Watchdog Phase, PPR Calculates the Price for Its Services Based on 4 Factors to Create an Estimate.

(A) We estimate the number of days, weeks, and months to completion.

(B) We convert these time frames into man hours.

(C) We multiply the man hours times the hourly wages. (PPR’s wages do not include the costs related to the trades or other professionals.)

(D) We add in travel & related expenses, based on a previously agreed-upon daily, weekly or monthly amount).

NOTE 2. When the potential Client agrees to move forward with the Renovation stage, a 10% good faith retainer will be paid by the client to PPR based on the Secondary Quote. Throughout this stage of the project, invoices will be sent to the client weekly to be paid within 7 business days unless otherwise agreed upon.

Finalizing the Price for the PPR Renovation Project Management Services

The Final Price for hiring the PPR Real Estate Renovation Project Manager will be invoiced to the Client with the delivery of the final communication update. The amount of the Final Invoice will not exceed the Estimated Stage 2 Renovation Price unless, during the Project itself, unexpected time needs arise in order to meet quality, cost, and/or timeline outcomes. In such a case, the PPR Project Manager will contact the Client to get permission to proceed; confirmation will occur in writing by text or email; time and materials for the work above and beyond the estimate will be added to the Final Invoice.

Do you have questions about the PPR Real Estate Renovation Project Management Services or Pricing as it could be applicable to your Residential or Commercial property renovation?

renovation pricing, cost of renovations, cost of remodelingEmail or give Phil a call…we look forward to hearing about your real estate plans and challenges!

Email PPR [email protected]

Call PPR 216.577.5579

Visit the PPR Website www.contactppr.com

 

Seriously…You can Avoid the potential Dark Side of Home Renovation…

Horror Story or Dream-Come-True? The PPR 24-Item Home/Condo Renovation “Must-Do” Prevention/ Preparation Check-List!

 Making the Decision to Renovate.

home renovations, renovations, remodeling, renovation disasters, project managementDeciding to renovate your home is one of the most important decisions you can make as a home owner. We all have heard the horror stories associated with a renovation project. Despite this, we embark on a home renovation because we have high hopes and huge dreams about creating satisfying, even luxurious living spaces.

 Renovation Equals Messy.

Regardless of the most exacting planning, a renovation process creates disruption and is messy…

          –messy in the design planning with its multiple ideas and final decisions you, your family, your architect/designer, and Project Manager must consider and agree upon;

          –messy during construction with the basic flow of every-day-life put in disarray despite the best efforts of your Project Manager to control the construction process;

          –messy in the furnishing choices, wait-time, and coordination until the final outcome is achieved!

 The Knight in Shining Armor: Your Check-List (and your Project Manager!)

To prevent the excitement of your new space turning into an escalation of frustration, an out-of-hand budget, and a disappointment of epic proportions, reno prep is mandatory. And your 24-Item PPR Home/Condo Renovation “Must-Do” Prevention/Preparation Check-List must now become your newest, most-important best friend!

 If you take the Check-List to heart, the process and stages of your renovation can be reasonably orderly and achievable with the least amount of stress for you and your family. The 24-Item PPR Home/Condo Renovation “Must-Do” Prevention/Preparation Check-List which follows is a guide; you and your Project Manager will custom-tailor the List to meet your renovation requirements.
The PPR 24-Item Home/Condo Renovation “Must-Do” Prevention/Preparation Check-List

  1) Thoroughly discuss the project with family. Agree on the details of the renovation: Type, Time, Style, Budget, Design Details, etc.

  2) Determine what you can afford allowing for 20-40% in cost overages. You may want to consider checking with your financial adviser(s) to line up any necessary financing which will be involved. At this stage of early planning, keep in mind that renovation projects are synonymous with unexpected costs due to changes in required or desired material and/or construction.
  3) Check with Governmental Entities about Codes, Permits, and Scheduling Inspections.  Note – Your Project Manager (PM) will do this for you. Your PM will also assure that each of the trades is fully aware of the regulations and that the materials used meet the codes. Inspections  often must be scheduled and approval obtained before walls go in!
  4) Consider how to manage living arrangements for you and your family during the renovation. Availability of power, water and heat may be limited at times during the renovation. Remember that among other problems there will be dust, muddy areas, loud noises and a constant flow of unfamiliar work people.
  5) Consider the Living Arrangements for Your Pets and Animals. Remember that among other challenges, there will be dust, muddy areas, loud noises and a constant flow of unfamiliar workers.
  6) Check with all related Home Owner Associations to assure that your project is in compliance. Each and every association has its own set of restrictions. It is best to understand the regulations to avoid delays, required changes and unnecessary litigation.
  7) Let your neighbors know about your renovation plans. Note – Your PM will do this for you. Projects create noise, dust, mud and traffic. It is best to keep peace in the community.
  8) Determine your ideal time to start the renovation. Note – Your PM can assist you in determining the best availability of skilled trades and to get the best prices. Realize that the house will need to be organized and storage may be required. Generally allow 30 days for the organizing process.
  9) Initiate the planning stage by working with a Project Manger (PM) – not a General Contractor (GC). There is a startling difference between the services of a PM and a GC. Follow This Link to read and understand which of the two professionals best represents your real estate interest from project inception to project completion and which offers the most comprehensive project onsite oversight.
  10) Find the right renovation Professionals for you and your Family. Interview and vet the parties to make sure there is a good fit for your project:

            Project Manager (PM)

            Architects

            Structural Engineer

            Interior Designer(s)

  11) Get a Floor Plan for the entire house: The measurements and location of Structures/Systems. Knowing the measurements and structures of the entire house and sharing them with the various trades as necessary will save time and per-hour-costs of tradespeople on your project. Look to your PM to accomplish this task. Your PM should check with each of the trades and suppliers to assure that they have the exact measurements before ordering, cutting, installing, etc.
  12) Check for and mark all utility lines – Gas, Water, Electric, Sewer/Sump- located in areas affected by renovation. Note – Your PM will make these arrangements. This is extremely important! Your PM will also guide the trades as they work in the areas where utilities are located to prevent disruption of service and added repair and construction delay costs.
  13) Assure that the Electric Service is adequate for the new renovation. Note – Your PM will do this for you. Most homes built before 2000 did not anticipate the electronic load required to energize the multiple devices we use in our homes today. Your utility and your PM can determine your needs working with the Architect and Engineer(s).
  14) Discuss the renovation project with your Insurer. During and following the renovation you will want to make sure that your coverage meets your needs. This is not a good time to be under-insured!
  15) Focus on Quality and Durability as well as Appearances. Given the multiple number of suppliers, products and price points, it is extremely important to take into consideration the quality, durability, price, and appearance when comparing the construction materials you are choosing.
  16) Choose Designs that will provide lasting value – Avoid trends and fads! The renovation and design should enable you and your family enjoyment and comfort for years to come. Suppliers and the shows on TV feature ideas that are designed to sell products which excite an audience…but what is made popular today may not be good for you in the longer run or to a potential buyer in the future.
  17) Plan the organizing, decluttering, packing and storage required to get the renovation underway. On average, it takes at least 30 days to prepare the home or condo for the renovation. At this stage, working with your PM or a trained Organizer is essential to assure that the items discarded as trash really are trash items and not valuable to you. It is essential that you and your family’s possessions are protected and that moving back into the house goes smoothly based on an orderly method of boxing and labeling your household goods as part of the preparation process. Reminder: You or your PM should make arrangements for delivery and location of a dumpster.
 18) Carefully protect your possessions that are valuable, sentimental or fragile. There will be a constant flow of people in and out of the house during the renovation. Nothing is safe!
  19) Work with your PM and the other Professionals to assure that they thoroughly understand Your Goal. It is essential that you, your family and all of the professionals involved in your renovation project understand all of the nuances of why you are renovating. Every family they work with has a different set of motivations and desired outcomes. Make sure your PM schedules regular “Pulse Meetings” so that all parties are aware of the current status of the project. If you have selected the right professionals, they will share in your vision and do everything possible to make your Dreams Come True!
  20) Schedule a Forensic Home Inspection for the entire structure and property. While the renovation itself may only involve a part of your home, the systems and structures are inherently tied together. It is essential to have a forensic inspection to understand the condition of all structures and systems as well as to limit unfortunate and costly surprises.
  21) Schedule the times that you want to be on site to tour and inspect the renovation’s progress. You or your family’s presence can be extremely disruptive to the trades in getting their work accomplished. This will create additional clock hours with additional costs to your project. Let your PM represent you!
  22) Avoid making unnecessary design changes after the PM, Architect, Engineer(s) and Design firm(s) have finalized a renovation plan and budget. Changes cause the overall costs to skyrocket and timelines to become extended. In addition, work that has already been accomplished by the trades may need to be replaced at your cost.
  23) Check all deliveries of materials, fixtures and supplies— Discrepancies are often the norm rather than the exception. Your PM should check all invoices to assure accuracy plus open all boxes and check that the delivery matches the ordered material, quantity, quality and condition. Your PM should reject order discrepancies. The new invoice will need to be adjusted, a new delivery date scheduled, and the trades involved in using the product notified about the delay. The PM will then adjust all timelines involved and provide them to the trades.
  24) Expect the Unexpected. You’ll Sleep Better!
In Conclusion – When embarking on a renovation, the more you plan, the luckier you get and the more rewarding your project becomes! A strategic plan initiated at renovations, renovation goals, renovation expectations, construction dreams, property managementthe beginning of your renovation project is one of the most significant contributing factors to a successful project! As you can see from the above Check-List, a successful project depends in part on being well organized, working with the right people, and              constantly being aware of your surroundings.
 Either you or the Project Manager (PM) needs to be omnipresent – a condition which PPR calls “Onsight Oversight”. You or the PM must have the ability to creatively solve problems and communicate with parties from a multitude of backgrounds who offer diverse skill sets while being constantly aware of Time, Quality and Cost. In addition, the focus must always be on obtaining the desired results.
 Who will be your Project Manager? From inception to completion, a renovation should be a full-time job. It is, in fact, a very big job!

Do you have the time, expertise and patience to oversee the project from start to finish – every day? Or do you think the renovation project would go more smoothly if you worked with a full-time Project Manager (PM), thereby allowing you to attend to your regular work, travel, or leisure schedule while providing you and your family peace-of-mind?

PPR, renovation oversight, your property watchdog

If, upon consideration, you would like to explore the option of hiring a Project Manager, feel free to discuss your Project with PPR at no cost or obligation! Our PPR WatchDog will protect your Real Estate interests and point you in the right directions! 

    Email [email protected] or 

  Call Direct: 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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                                         Do You have Another Project in Mind?

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 [email protected] 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.

 

How To Avoid the Renovation Nightmares You’ve Heard About!

Choose a Project Manager (PM) – OVER – a General Contractor (GC)

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 quality Using 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!

Choose the Smoothest Renovation Project Experience: Hire a PM, NOT a 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 Failure

                                  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.”

Here’s the PPR Conclusion – If you want a strong foundation for the real estate renovation project you are Project Manager, construction manager, home renovations, remodeling, real estateconsidering, 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 the full scope of your project through onsite oversight–from inception to completion!

Want to discuss your project? Contact PPR by email or call 216.577.5579

12 Top Reasons Why People Choose Major Home Renovations Over Moving!

Introduction – Often, people decide to embark on a significant home renovation after they have home renovation, the renovate of move decision, facts about renovation, remodeling an older homeconsidered, and then abandoned, the idea of moving. These are people who love their homes, their communities, and the familiar routines they have established over time, but, as a result of changing lifestyle needs, feel strongly that they need to upgrade and/or renovate areas in their home. So, they decide that the inconvenience, time and investment it will take to upgrade and/or renovate is well worth it.

Many times we get very comfortable in a particular neighborhood. You probably know where all the best stores and restaurants are. Moving means you’re going into a strange area that may or may not offer the same amenities and conveniences. Relocating comes with a long list of headaches and issues.” (Patio Enclosures)

The Top 12 Reasons to Commit to a Major Home Renovation:

1) Kids are filling up the Bedrooms. When children are on the way or children need separate rooms and/or more space, it is time to re-think your current bedroom square footage and layout. For example, you’ve always dreamed of enjoying a spa-like Master Suite on the 1st Floor…well, why not consider re-purposing your current Master bedroom into a room for the children or for a playroom or for an office while you add that spa-like Master Suite on the 1st Floor! You have a ranch home? Think about the possibility of adding a second floor addition to solve the bedroom space challenges. Now is the time to seriously look at renovation options with your Project Manager.

2) Here Come Your Parents. When age, financial, or health situations make it necessary for parents and/or in-laws to move in, they’ll need more than just a bedroom…now is the time to plan a “Parent Suite” or Carriage House which will offer your added family members a separate, private living space, kitchen, and bedroom area plus other amenities which offer your elders comfort and dignity. You may even plan to add a separate efficiency apartment to accommodate a caretaker as part of your renovation. Your Project Manager can help you gain insight with respect to the many renovation options available for this type of project.

3) The Old House Just Doesn’t Work For You Anymore. When you realize that your kitchen needs more than refreshing because it just isn’t meeting your practical or aesthetic needs anymore; when the dining room will not fit your expanding family day-to-day or for extended family and friend gatherings; when the existing bathrooms are just plain old and there aren’t enough of them; or your dream of creating a more ideal set of living spaces is not being realized, it is probably time to start planning a home renovation with your Project Manager to be sure that your project outcomes match your expectations.

4) You Deserve and Can Afford More. When your home is a reflection of your old dreams, it may not match up with the dream house you dream of now! You have worked hard, made your way in the world, and you feel you deserve more than what your home, in its current state, can offer. You love your location, you enjoy your property, and your neighbors have significantly upgraded their homes so a renovation investment can be a sound financial strategy. It’s time to secure your Project Manager to begin jump-starting your plans to make those dreams a reality!

5) Your House Isn’t Fun. When your family wants a specialized, light-filled place for entertaining guests; a dedicated space for enjoying hobbies; an accessible, inviting fitness center; a really cool entertainment/theater media room; and a basement which can best be designed for and utilized as a well-planned storage area, it’s time to get your ideas on paper to begin planning your renovation project(s) and checking out which Project Manager will be your onsite oversight WatchDog.

6) You Need Privacy and Space for When You Work at Home. When it is a major challenge for working family members to find the quiet space they need to maximize the quality and time-efficiency of their work, adding a home office as part of your renovation plans may be just the solution. Whether the home office offers a calming environment for the purpose of conducting business, for academic pursuits, or for managing the affairs of the household, it is wise to start listing out your must-haves as you begin planning your Home Office with your Project Manager.

7) Your Cramped Master Bedroom, Closet Space, and Bathroom is Not Exactly Spa-Like. When you retreat to your Master Bedroom and what greets you is the farthest thing from a comfort palace(!), it is time to consider a serious renovation. Whether the additions take the place of the current Master Bedroom or are attached to a different part of your home, you will probably want to add amenities such as a walk-in shower; separate tub area; heated floors; a spa area; sliding doors to a private patio; and whatever else will offer you peace and serenity in this very special place. Take a look at the Master Bedroom pics on Pinterest, start accumulating those renovation ideas, and begin your search for a terrific Project Manager!

8) Your House Is Just Plain. When you walk in through the front door of your home and there is absolutely little which is special about your entry where your family and friends gather, it’s time to invigorate through renovation. Create a fabulous entry; take down some walls to transform your interior into a more open concept plan; add a Great Room with a fabulous fireplace! You get the idea…Now you can start a folder with pics and lists so that you can accumulate your renovation possibilities and begin the search for the Project Manager who will best represent your lifestyle and financial interests!

9) Let the Sun Shine In. When you are continually searching for a place in your home to take in the sun while you enjoy your morning coffee, relax, or casually entertain friends and family, adding an All-Season Sunroom with a Porch can make all the difference in enhancing your daily routines with warmth and comfort. If you are seeing yourself in this picture, it’s time to start planning a renovation project so that you can make your picture your very own reality! And once you have isolated all the ideas you can think of, move on to the next step feeling that you have reasonable assurance that your project will meet or exceed your standards in the most cost-effective way…How? Find the best Project Manager who will protect your interests during the renovation…one who will help you vet your General Contractor, assure quality materials, and vet all the trades-people who will work on your Renovation Project.

10) While You are Renovating, You Want to Create a More Energy-Efficient Home. When planning your renovation, it is not only possible, but vital, to make your newly configured home as energy efficient and kind to the planet as possible. Utilizing the most technologically advanced systems available, those systems will decrease energy costs and pay for themselves over time. New windows, a heat pump, and added insulation are examples of these system improvements. More energy-efficient homes are also more attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell your home since the new owners know that maintenance costs will be lower. Your Project Manager can research your best choices of systems and installation trades-people.

11) It’s time to Reinvest In Your Home For a Future Gain. “Remodeling certain areas of a single-family house is an excellent way for homeowners to add increased functionality and beauty to a property at someone else’s expense. By choosing the right project to enhance your living space, a significant portion of the expense can be passed on to future owners in the form of increased property values.” (Investopedia) Look to your Project Manager to help you figure out which of your home renovation projects will pay off in the future.

12) You Really Enjoy your Neighborhood. If You Move, You Can’t Be Sure You Will Enjoy Your New Neighborhood Nearly As Much. When the decision you face is to match your living space with your lifestyle needs by going through a renovation or to go through the hassle of moving without the assurance that you will enjoy a new neighborhood as much, very often it makes more sense to renovate if your neighborhood justifies the investment. Explore all your options and if your heart and pocketbook best resonate with a renovation, it’s time to gather your design concepts in a new folder marked “Renovation Ideas” and start a search for the best Project Manager you can find.

A Wrap-Up Perspective…

Home renovations are becoming extremely popular right now, and it’s no wonder. They offer a family a new way to experience their home and make changes to it which best suits their needs without having to spend the money moving into or custom-building a new home. Renovations are giving homes the opportunity to redeem their value in the competitive marketplace, and will add sales value to your home when you decide to move…Aesthetically, renovations can help you to keep your home relevant to modern styles while still using your home’s older design to your advantage. This mix of styles is highly sought after in modern design and when selling, it is a huge bonus. ” (Victoia Berndt, Content Creator)

The Bottom Line…

Home renovations are costly, time-consuming, and messy. Still, many people choose to renovate their homes for a variety of reasons. There are almost as many reasons to fix up your home as there are projects from which to choose. Preventing as much chaos as possible during the renovation process is where the PPR WatchDog shines! Our Project Manager becomes your WatchDog…an extension of you and your interests…YOUR representative…YOUR advocate…YOUR eyes and ears…representing ONLY your interests! Our Onsite Oversight from the inception to the completion of your renovation project offers our clients a dedication to producing the most hassle-free, cost-effective lifestyle, the most project quality, the most expedited timelines, and the most financially sound outcomes.

Experts agree that without Project Management Onsite Oversight during either a commercial or home home renovation,renovation before and after, remodeling vs building, renovation project, the risk of the client receiving poor quality materials and installation rises dramatically which, in turn, dramatically increases the hassle and frustration of the renovation process while decreasing the financial viability of the project.

Prevent the major Renovation hassles, frustration, poor project outcomes, and jeopardized financial positioning…

Employ the PPR WatchDog to be your Renovation Project Eyes and Ears!

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