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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Do You Want To Stay in Your Home as You Grow Older – Aging in Place?

Aging in Place Means Enjoying Where You Have Lived for Years and Continuing to Build Memories!

The Facts – Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures with AARP Public Policy Institute.

Here’s the Problem – ”There are more than 100 million homes in U.S. cities, suburbs and rural areas, yet only about 1% of them are conducive to aging in place, says Rodney Harrell, director of livability thought leadership for AARP, who serves as the organization’s housing expert. Meanwhile, 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, and more than 80% of those 65 and older say they want to stay in their homes.”

Here are Solutions – At Properties, Probe & Renovation (PPR), we firmly believe that to is essential that you plan ahead for the required changes to make your home accessible, safe and enjoyable before it becomes a necessity

There are seven proactive moves you should make to assure your future happiness in the home you love:

1) Personal Planning – Think about what you want and what you need – for the moment don’t consider the cost and how the renovations will be paid for.  

2) Begin the process by working with a Project Manager (PM) – The PM will be your WatchDog! Your eyes aging in place, staying at home, aging with dignity, assisted livingand ears working with you to select and coordinate required professionals – Architects, Engineers and Designers (keep waiting to consider the cost and how the renovations will be financed). 

Why a Project Manager(PM)?

It’s simple! The PM will be at your side – your WatchDog – from the inception of the renovation to the completion representing all of your interests with a focus your specifications, budget, timeline and peace-of-mind. You’ll be able to continue your lifestyle during all stages of the renovation whether you are in or out-of-town!

Think about it this way – A PM is similar to the Manager of a sports team. They do the planning, consider strategies, organize the players and orchestrate the game from start to finish. The manager provide provides the owner and fans Winning Results when they are successful.

3) Engage an Architect, Designer and Engineers as needed. With the assistance of the PM review the renovations you have in mind and discuss the feasibility (keep waiting to consider the cost and how the renovations will be financed).

4) Working with your PM to have your home thoroughly Inspected – not a traditional low cost inspection generally performed by one person for owners selling or buyinghome inspections, house inspections, property inspections homes. You need a forensic, diagnostic inspection checking all structures and systems. You want to avoid unexpected surprises as you begin the renovations and continue to live in your home (keep waiting to consider the cost and how the renovations will be financed).

Note – PPR will perform a Diagnostic, Forensic Home Inspection to provide you Financial Security and Peace-of Mind! 

5) Working with your team – The PM, Architect, Engineer(s), and Designer – develop a renovation cost analysis/budget. Note – Include at least 20% in added costs for material upgrades, added labor costs, and the unexpected. 

6) Meet with your Financial Planner and/or Wealth Manager – Now is time to consider the cost of the desired renovations and how they are best paid for! 

Note – At this point you and your planner(s) should consider many financial factors including: Your liquidity, impact on the home’s value after the renovations, tax ramifications, insurance costs, and your estate planning.

7) Organize & Declutter Your Home – The amount of home decluttering, home organizing, goods that can  accumulate after living in the same house can be overwhelming. Once you have a plan for renovations, you can plan your decluttering strategy

Note – Here’s an idea, take some before photos of your rooms and look at them with a friend or relative whose opinion you trust. Talk with them about your renovation plan and what you need to take out to achieve your desired look and results. This will help motivate you to declutter and get rid of everything that doesn’t contribute toward your goal. 

Make sure all work areas are cleared to protect your possessions and to provide working space for the trades. Decluttering and organizing rooms can be a monumental task!

Think about whether you want to take on the task of decluttering yourself, or whether to work with your PM to find a professional organizer like PPR to help you declutter.  

Aging in Place is more about Planning and Execution than Affordability!  While you may think that renovations targeted for staying in your home are an expensive luxury, consider the following, “A major home remodel can cost thousands of dollars. But it’s often less costly than senior living alternatives. A basic unit in an assisted living facility, for example, runs about $43,000 a year”, according to the latest Cost of Care survey from Genworth Financial.
A recent article in the Washington Post on August 11, 2018 titled “To grow old in your home, renovate accordingly” emphasizes “If you plan to stay in your home well into yourrenovating, remodeling, renovation timing golden years, doing renovations before you retire can make your house more safe and accessible” The article goes on to point out, “But many wait too long to make needed renovations, says Marianne Cusato, an adjunct associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. ‘You don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make changes to your house,’”
Renovating your home for aging in place can be a smart lifestyle change and sound financial move – Find Out More!

Do You Want To Stay in Your Home as You Grow Older?

Do You Want To Age in Place But Have Some Serious Questions?

Then Let’s Talk Now!

We’ll explain how the PPR Renovation WatchDog will save you dollars, reduce your stress, assure a quality project which meets your specifications, and deliver Peace-of-Mind! 
project manager, condo renovation watchdog,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 

Watch Out – Standard Home Inspections Provide a False Sense of Security!

Look Below the Home’s Surfaces! A Standard Home Inspection may provide you with undeserved, short term Peace-of-Mind! They don’t even scratch the surface of the house to find potentially costly problems.

It’s essential to get a home’s structures and systems thoroughly home inspections, house inspections, forensic home inspectionsinspected before starting that Home Renovation!

Why? To avoid costly surprises!

Investing in a diagnostic, forensic inspection is just Good Business! It will give you peace-of-mind and avoid major costly surprises.

What you don’t know will hurt you and the surprises will lead to costly surprises! We at Properties, Probe & Renovation (PPR) highly recommend contracting with professionals for a Diagnostic Forensic Home Inspection provided by a team of skilled tradesman and managed by a Project manager that represents your interests! Yes – PPR provides this service! Want more info? Call 216.577.5579 —Your sanity and wallet are at stake! 
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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
           Here’s the website:            www.propertiesprobeandrenovation.com

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 – [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

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 – [email protected] — Text/Call – 216.577.5579

House Flipping Markets – Risks & Rewards – A Suggested Alternative!

Defining Real Estate (House) Flipping – According to the BusinessDictionary, “Quick-profit strategy in which an investor flipping, house flipping, home flipping, real estate investmentspurchases real estate at a discount price and improves the property in order to sell it at a higher price. This can be a very lucrative profit strategy if the housing market is doing well.”

Caution Flags – It may be time to find safe ground when an investment market starts producing infomercials, reality shows, “How To” get rich books, “Free” hotel seminars, etc. Inevitably, these are the signs that more losers than winners are ahead!

Overview of the Flipping Market – As the house flipping market has become crowded with buyers – many of whom have no real estate experience – seeking quick returns on lower price properties that need renovations, the inventory of qualified properties has diminished and the risks have increased

Adding to the dangers facing the current Flipping Market is the intense “Get Rich Quick” media promotions and the less restrictive willingness of lending institutions to assist potential Flippers in leveraging their investment. These factors tend to flood the market with unqualified investors who dilute the market!

Complicating the market further, the required skilled construction trades are experiencing an extended period of high demand. The trades are able to demand and receive increased wages and are building backlogs. While this situation is great for the trades, it adds additional renovation costs to the flip and potentially delays house renovation completions. For the Flipper vetting and monitoring the trades for quality, time and costs has become a primary concern.

The Upside to Flipping – Let’s start by saying that some people have flipping, house flipping, home flipping, been wildly successful flipping homes. The media hype focuses on the successes! Note – Unfortunately, there have been many untold losers – especially among those with little experience in the real estate and renovation markets. Flipping is not a marketplace for the meek and inexperienced, people without a financial cushion, or those betting their hard earned savings!

The Downside to Flipping — Losing Money Instead of Making areal estate investment risk, flipping house, flipping homes, flipping Profit! According to The Balance – a literary home to experts who know what they’re talking about there are many factors which can contribute to losses when flipping”. The following is a summary from The Balance:

  • Unanticipated Expenses – These include everything from building permits, contractor delays, material delays, permit delays, and renovations and materials you had not budgeted for…
  • Higher Taxes – Once you have completed renovations on the property, the city may increase your property taxes…
  • Losing Your Profit to Taxes – Any profit that you make on an investment property may be subject to capital gains taxes…
  • Holding Costs – You will have to pay the loan or mortgage (assuming you have a mortgage on the property), taxes, insurance and maintenance on the property for as long as you own it…
  • Difficulty Selling – You are losing money every day you are unable to find a buyer for your property. Because you must pay the holding costs on the property, the longer it takes to find a buyer, the more money you are losing…
  • Stress – Stress is also a main drawback of a real estate flip…

Alternative Strategy – We at Properties, Probe and Renovation (PPR) offer the following alternative to help you gain a substantial ROI while Best Utilizing Your Time and Money!

Focus on renovating/converting high-end, luxury homes or condos that need upgrades and TLC! This market can provide the investor with tremendous financial upside as long as they partner with the best Professionals.

flipping, house flipping, home flippingPartner with Professionals – Here’s where PPR suggests you start Partnering:

1) Buyer-Side Broker/Agents or Site Location Specialists – You’ll need help sorting through a vast number of locations and properties to find the one that meets your specifications. Vetting the Properties is Essential – Location – Location – Location!

2) Banking/ Financing Partner – Whether your planning on an all cash venture or on leveraging the project for a high potential ROI, it’s just good business and planning to have additional financing available in case of set backs and surprises.

3) Home/Property Forensic Inspection Professionals – It is essential to have each and every house/property thoroughly inspected prior to making an offer or buying. Expect the Expose the Unexpected! What you don’t know will hurt you!

4) Architects and Engineers – The design and functionality of the renovations must target a “Special Breed” of potential buyers who have deep pockets and specific needs. While older homes may have the desired square footage, the configuration and amenities may need substantial improvements. The professionals will assist you in targeting your market and creating a budget!

5) Trusted Renovation Project Manager (PM) – The PM will be your eyes and ears from the inception of the renovation to the completion! Your Project WatchDog! A primary focus of the PM is to work closely with the Architects and Engineers and you to take the project’s renovations from paper to bricks and mortar on time and in budget while at the same time vetting, scheduling and monitoring the required contractors and trades. The PM must carefully balance and monitor: Quality, Time, Costs and Your Interests!

6) Seller-Side Broker/Agent – It is essential to create relationships with Broker/Agents who are in tune with the potential pool of High-End Buyers  for homes in your property’s area. They should have previously created corporate relationships for relocation and meeting the needs of the quiet house hunting executives and their families. Listing the house and having open houses is not enough!

The High-End Market – Many savvy real estate investors have been engaged in the high-end/luxury real estate investing market for flipping, high-end flipping, luxury flipping, house flipping, home flippingdecades! In many ways this investment strategy has been the a best kept secret. The vast majority of real estate investors flipping smaller, lower cost homes are generally unaware of this market. They do not understand how to gain access to the market, are not familiar with the tastes of the higher income buyers and are uncomfortable dealing with the sellers and buyers of the higher priced properties.

Where to Look for Properties? – If you Google luxury or high-end house flipping, generally you’ll be directed to boom markets and resort areas with properties starting at a million dollars or more – NYC, Boston, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA, etc.

Instead, take a look at desirable suburban – or even urban – areas outside of the high profile, main stream! Some of the best finds can be in the price range of $300,000 – $500,000 and in your own back yard. Many of these areas have a strong industrial/business base and established older residential communities with homes that require substantial upgrades due to passing of generations, people retiring, etc.

Unlike the standard lower-end Flips, these high-end, larger homes – and their potential buyers demand amenities like: 1st Floor Master Suites; Custom Bathrooms; Designer Kitchens; Patio Kitchens; Expanded Custom Closets, In law Suites; etc. and they are willing to pay for them!

The High-End Advantage – Here’s an overview provided by CNBC, “High-end flipping, however, is heating up. Flips with a sale price of $750,000 or more rose 21 percent from a year ago, while homes priced below $400,000 declined as a share of all flips from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. Homes priced between $750,000 and $1 million had a 41 percent return, which explains why flippers are heading to higher-priced neighborhoods.”

In Closing – What’s Next? – When investing in the Flipping Marketplace, High-End or Lower Cost Properties, consider the following:

  1. Do your homework 1st before jumping in and committing dollars!
  2. Determine if you and your family have the time available for the commitment required.
  3. Think through – and write down – exactly the type(s) of properties that will be your focus.
  4. Determine your comfort with risk, how much do you intend to invest, and what funds will be available in case of set backs and delays.
  5. Prepare an accounting system for dealing with expenses.
  6. Prepare any legal documents that may be needed.
  7. Determine the parties with whom you will need to Partner (as listed above) – Brokers/Agents, Architects, Engineers, Project Manager, General Contractor, Trades, Bankers, etc. to take the project from inception to completion.
  8. Develop contingent plans for the unexpected – The unexpected will happen!

How Can PPR Help? – Whether your thinking about entering the House Flipping Marketplace – or already established – Properties, Probe &Renovation(PPR) and its 6 Critical Services: 1) Sight Location 2) Forensic Home Inspections 3) Onsight RenovationProject Management 4) Decluttering & Organization and 5) HomeWatch Visitation. These services offer time and cost saving opportunities worth your Projects and Profits.

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Are You Flying Blind When Making Real Estate Decisions? Floor Plans Make a Difference!

What? No Floor Plans for Residential Real Estate! Here’s an Argument for Bringing Back Floor Plans When Renovating, Remodeling, Selling or Buying a House!

Background – Having gotten my start in commercial and industrial floor plans, home layouts, home design plansreal estate – with several stints doing site location work – I was appalled to discover that the residential marketplace seldom makes available a property’s Floor Plan.

In the world of commercial and industrial properties, we based our reviews and planning on the pictures we took – or were provided – and the Floor Plans almost always made available through Owner or Broker.

My entry into the residential real estate market came in stages: 1st – Searching for my own house, 2nd  – Helping others with renovations for their homes and 3rd – Having co-created Properties, Probe & Renovation(PPR) doing Site Location, Property Inspections, and Project Managing Renovations. At each of these stages, people were confounded when I requested the Floor Plan. I made the floor plan a demand or created one myself. 

Others Agree on the Value of Floor Plans – Here is what MOV 8 Real Estate had to say, “When marketing a property, you might think that the most important aspects in presenting the property would be top-quality photographs and a beautifully-written description. However, recent research suggests that floorplans are also at the top of the list for buyers. So why, if you are selling, is floor plan. house layout, home design plangetting a floorplan an absolute must?” Their opinion goes on to definitively state, “The potential to increase interest and encourage viewings and sales means that, in our opinion, floorplans are a must when you are putting your property on the market.”

Are Floor Plans Worth Their Time and Cost? – According to Infolio – a property advisor and manager – here is what a floor plan will deliver (with some of PPR’s additions):

1. They give perspective – Where photographs are picturesque, floor plans are to the point. 

2. They paint a picture  You don’t need detailed photographs filled with stylish furniture to gain a buyer’s imagination. A floor plan can communicate whether or not the home will be right for the potential buyer in the years to come. 

3. They help avoid the need for multiple inspections and added buyer visitations – A floor plan reminds the potential buyer of the room placements, sizes and configuration. They point out storage spaces and the location of doors, bathrooms, hallways,etc

4. They provide a reality check  If a buyer is serious about buying a home, the floor plan will give them a good sense of what belongings they can bring with them, and what things they’ll need to leave behind.

5. They do not lie  When inspecting a property, it’s natural for the potential buyer to lapse into a daydream. The home’s floor plan will act as a reminder of what is most definitely included in the property, and of what will not be there once your potential buyer returns, or eventually moves in.

6. They inspire change – There are two reasons why a potential buyer could fall in love with a home. They might fall in love with everything it already is, or they may fall in love with everything it could be. Not only will a floor plan illustrate the current makeup of a home, it might also inspire a little DIY (or professional) renovation. This will allow your potential buyer to envision and plan for any future home improvements he or she may want to make.

7. They put buyers “in” the house – Perhaps the greatest advantage to using floor plans – and one that cannot be underestimated – is that they allow buyers to draw and visualize their furniture in the home.

8. They make the house memorable – Have you ever followed up a prospective buyer from an open home and asked them what they thought of your property, only to have them ask “which one was it again?”

9. They put the whole package together – When it comes to viewing real estate photos online, it can be difficult for buyers to see how the images fit together to represent the whole house. This is especially the case when the property is empty. With a floor plan, buyers can piece together the photos and property in their mind. The floor plan helps buyers to see where rooms are located in context to one another, and how the property “flows”.

10. They are a necessity for renovation/remodeling projects – The floor plan is the road map pointing the way for the owners, professionals and trades for: renovation/remodeling design, construction planning, material selection and pricing, and the eventual placement of furniture.

11. They provide a permanent record – The floor plan graphically – along with pictures – shows what the house was and what it has become! The before and after!

Floor Plans for Buyers – According to Infolio, “So important is the floor plan to the potential buyer, research has shown that 1 in 5 people looking to buy will ignore a property advert if no floor plan has been included. In fact, many buyers believe that this extra information is of greater importance than the main images and floor plans, home design plans, renovation design plansssummary texts published within property brochures.” 

Floor Plans for Renovators/Remodelers – According to SFGATE – “Complete and accurate building plans can make the difference between a successful remodeling project and one that breaks the bank. These plans alert designers and contractors to the location of existing walls, wiring and other systems within your home. Knowing where these objects are located ahead of time helps your designer or builder plan the project around these components. A well-crafted set of plans can help reduce the risk of costly errors during construction, and may even shorten your project schedule.”

PPR’s Opinion – Floor Plans are an essential tool for Owners, Sellers, Brokers and those who are planning renovations and remodeling projects. Home owners should be demanding and Brokers should be the lead in providing a floor plan when sellers and buyers are involved. Before starting a renovation – or having an home inspection for that matter – the owner should obtain a floor plan.

Problem in Obtaining a Floor Plan – It is not easy to obtain a floor plan without  either measuring and learning to use software or paying for the services of a Designer/Architect!

Solution to the Need for a Floor Plan – PPR may have your Solution! Always looking for solutions to Real Estate problems,  Floor Planfloor plan. creating a floor plan, home design plansProperties, Probe and Renovation(PPR), will be adding a 6th service. As planned the service will provide standard Flat Design or a 3 Dimensional Floor Plan. Currently we are working on the details, including multiple options and pricing the service based on a number of factors. Please watch social media and our Blog for the details of the floor plan design roll-out! 

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

Are You  Interested in What a Project Manager Can Do For You?

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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!      

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Is There a Monster Living In Your House? Is Mold Making Your Family Sick?

Let’s Talk About Something That May Be Lurking In Your House – MOLD & MOISTURE!

Your home is generally a place to spend time with family and friends where you feel safe, enjoy living, eat and sleep. This pretty picture changes dramatically when molds begin to grow – most often due to an abundance of moisture!

About Mold – While for most people house mold is feared and a dirty mold, toxic mold, black mold, remediation, mold removalword, the fact is that mold in some form exists in every house. No matter how clean you are, it is there! Mold is a natural part of the environment in any home. Mold only becomes a problem when it is allowed to grow and spread – especially when fueled my moisture!

Excess moisture can turn your home into a petri dish! According to the EPA, “mold is considered to be the #1 indoor air quality problem in U.S. housing”. Beyond the health hazard of mold, water intrusion can lead to structural rot, cosmetic issues and poor long-term durability. Water can also contribute to other problems, such as pest infestation.

Note – The Myth of “Toxic Black Mold” – “The term “Toxic Black Mold” has absolutely no scientific validation. It is a term made up by the media. Unfortunately, much like a video that goes viral, the term has resonated with both private companies that use it to exemplify potential dangers, and public officials, who seek to regulate the industry.”

Affects of Mold – Mold can cause health problems that range from itching eyes, sneezing and coughing to serious allergic reactions, asthma attacks and even permanent lung damage. Because people do not know what to look for, the health problems are often noticed before the mold.

Mold can lead to respiratory problems for:

a) Children

b) The elderly

c) Pregnant women

d) People with suppressed immune systems.

e) People who suffer from allergies

f) People who have asthma

Extensive indoor mold infestations can affect otherwise healthy people. If you have observed mold in your house, it is important to have the seriousness of the problem assessed.

What Causes Mold In Your House? – Moisture Is the Problem! If mold, toxic mold, remediation, mold and health, black moldyour house is moldy, the real problem is water infiltration and/or prolonged humidity – levels over 60%. Unless you rectify the water and humidity problems, you’re never going to get rid of the mold.

Note — An inexpensive humidity gauge can be purchased at most hardware stores. Most of these stores also carry a pinless moisture meters for measuring the moisture levels of walls.

Types of Mold? – According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “…the most common indoor molds are cladosporium, penicillium, alternaria and aspergillus. Most of the molds are allergenic molds. Some people are going to be sensitive to it, and others are not. On the other hand, Stachybotrys chartarum – often called toxic mold is more rare. This heavy, dense, black mold is most often caused by a long-term moisture problem.”

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to tell what kind of mold you have by looking at it. Mold is colored by what it eats more than what it is; therefore, it is indistinguishable without testing by a professional.

Sources of water infiltration – Often nurturing the growth of mold (Excerpts for the Star.com of Toronto):

1) Basements – Basement water can come from several sources: eavestroughs, foundations, sewers, pipes.

2) Bathrooms – If you spot the ceiling under a bathroom starting to bubble and flake, chances are you’ve got a leak in your bathtub, shower, toilet or sink.

3) Condensation – If you find water on the floor or dripping from your pipes.

4) Downspouts – Blocked downspouts can back up your eavestroughs and these can spill down the walls into the house.

5) Eavestroughs – Generally, the one of the most likely culprits in the event of water leaking into through the basement walls is your eavestroughs and downspouts.

6) Foundation Walls – Concrete walls crack! When a house settles and the concrete hardens, cracks appear and water can enter.

7) Grade and Landscaping – Ensure all landscaping around the perimeter of your house slopes away from the foundation and that no dirt is piled above the level of your first floor.

8) Plumbing – Water pipes can and do leak, seals in fixtures wear out. Sink drains can spring a leak and toilets can shift off their sealing gaskets.

9) Roofing – A roof leak is a big issue, because, not only will it damage any fibreglass insulation in the walls and attic nearby, it’s also the most likely place to get mold. It will also weaken the home’s structure with rot.

10) Sump Pump Failures – Some homes sit on top of underground waterways and have chronic issues with the water constantly flowing around or under their home and it finds its way inside. Other houses are in low-lying areas which may not drain as quickly after a storm. In those cases, a sump pump is a solution.

11) Weeping Tile Failures– Weeping tile is a system of small pebbles and perforated pipe laid along the perimeter of the house at the footings. If your basement is constantly leaking from the bottom of the foundation, it may be the weeping tiles have failed, because they’re blocked with debris or have broken.

12) Basement Windows – Basement windows can leak if they are old and rotten or if the caulking at grade has failed. A common cause of basement leaking are window wells.

13) Sewer backups – Sewer backups are the worst of all leaks. A big storm simply overwhelms the system with a tsunami of rain water. If it’s not a storm, it’s usually a blockage emanating from the house.

Water damage to your home could be more costly than you think — Whatever the source of the water, the EPA cautions “that if damp or wet building materials or furnishings are not cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours, the moisture can lead to mold growth. So if it takes a couple of days to notice that leaky faucet or the rainwater that seeped into the basement, mold probably exists”.

When is a mold inspection needed? – According to MoldManUSA – an inspection and removal service, there are 8 signs that you may need a mold inspection:

1. You are experiencing allergic symptoms, such as stuffy head, headaches, scratchy throat, runny nose and not sure why.

2. You think you see mold but are not totally sure it is mold.

3. You smell a musty odor but don’t see any obvious mold.

4. There have been plumbing leaks or water issues in your home or office.

5. You want or need air testing after mold removal has been done by you or a professional to check whether mold levels have normalized.

6.You are a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction and need evidence whether airborne mold levels are not normalized.

7. You a landlord or tenant and need evidence whether there is a mold problem.

8. You are looking for a general assessment of your indoor air quality to make sure your family is breathing high quality clean air in your home.

In addition to an inspection for mold, an assessment for the sources for water infiltration is essential. The inspector should go over the house from top to bottom with a moisture sensor, and show you exactly where water was infiltrating the framing of the house and causing mold.

Home Advisor suggests, “If you suspect the presence of mold but aren’t sure or know you have mold but don’t know what kind or how much, you should immediately call a professional to consult your situation and the best approach to removal. These professionals, also known as certified Industrial Hygienists (IH), will charge an average of $300 to $500 to test your property and home for mold levels.”

Home Advisor further notes, “If you ignore the mold [and water] problem in your home, it will grow. The more mold there is, the more costly the removal, so address your mold problem as soon as you suspect you have one…”

Note — In some situations small sections of the wall and ceilings may need to be removed to determine the extent of the mold. It is essential to have the mold completely remediated by a professional utilizing approved equipment.

Mold Remediation (Removal) & the Cost – Mold remediation can be very dirty, tedious, and sometimes even dangerous. It is essential to wear the proper protective equipment – including a quality, well-maintained respirator. If you are not educated on the proper mold removal and remediation guidelines as provided by OSHA and other state and federal regulatory committees it is best left to professionals.

Note — Don’t forget to find a safe place for your pets during the remediation process!

The cost of remediation can vary significantly per the size and extent of the mold. Generally, initial inspections are free enabling the company to provide an estimate. According to HouseLogic, “When you find mold growing in your home, sound the alarm and get rid of it fast. Delay can mean extensive and costly remediation and repairs. On average, professional mold remediation costs $500 to $6,000 — but the price can soar into the tens of thousands if the problem is severe.”

Note – Don’t Fall for a Quick Fix or Gimmicks: Ozone generators, chemicals and other mold-killing (or covering) measures can be more toxic than the mold itself. They don’t actually kill the mold at its source. Remember that mold has to be completely removed, the moisture problem fixed, and the wet materials either dried or replaced. Any other mold killing services are a waste of money.

Does Home Insurance Cover Mold Remediation? – Maybe! It is important to immediately contact your agent and/or insurer upon the detection of mold. You will also want to be able to explain to them the source of the moisture contributing to the growth of the mold. Don’t presume your homeowners insurance will pay to fix your mold problems. Insurance typically pays if the problem results from an emergency already covered on your policy, like a burst pipe, but not if mold resulted from deferred maintenance, persistent moisture, seepage, or from floodwaters (unless you have flood insurance).

Conclusions – Mold in homes can be a costly and dangerous problem, particularly when infestations of so-called toxic black mold occur. The symptoms and health effects of mold exposure and toxic mold poisoning cover a wide range of health problems Understanding how to detect moldmold, mold and health risks, black mold, toxic mold and the negative health indicators can help keep you and your family safe by having a professional inspection and the appropriate remediation.

If you have questions about the above – or about Properties, Probe & Renovation’s 5 Services, Let’s Start a Discussion!

The best way is to send us a brief email – [email protected] – describing your project, location and any questions. You can also call or text Phil at 216.577.5579.

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