Kitchen Remodeling Rollercoaster

Kitchen Remodeling Can Be An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Kitchen remodeling can be an emotional rollercoaster ride

Preparing for, and living through a kitchen remodeling is similar to a roller coaster ride. You’re waiting with excited anticipation and some trepidation, preparing to get on the ride. You’ve heard from others that it’s scary; it’s even made some of them physically sick. But none of them can tell you details about the ride. All they can tell you is how they felt.

The Roller Coaster Ride

It feels like an eternity as you move ahead slowly toward the loading area, step by step. Then you get seated, strapped in, and you’re ready to move forward. But instead of rushing ahead fast, the roller coaster goes up a steep, never-ending climb. You think, “When will we get started?” Then, WHOOSH! you’re propelled down the first of many exciting dives at break-neck speed. You’re jerked around, back and forth, through every sharp turn. You never know which way the ride is going until you’re there.

Without warning, you’re upside-down, going through a series of surprising loops, G-force that makes it hard to breathe. You’re screaming your head off, but no one can hear you. Part of you wants to get off, but another part wants to stay, hoping that the ride will get less scary before it ends. You know it’s over when your cart pulls back to where you started and comes to an abrupt stop, jerking you forward. You’re dizzy, a little nauseated, but exhilarated. “That was fun!” Later, someone asks you how soon it will be until you get on another roller coaster ride. With a weak smile, you reply, “It’ll be a long time until I do that again!” (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling Problems Can Be Avoided

Bathroom Remodeling Problems Do Happen — Unfortunately

Mike Holmes helps people recover from major bathroom remodeling problems

           Mike Holmes believes in Do It Right!

Bathroom remodeling problems make me sick when I hear about them. Most of the time, problems could have been easily avoided, if homeowners had asked lots of questions, gotten reliable (honest) information, thoroughly checked references and credentials, and trusted their gut feelings. Homeowners are not stupid. Many are very well-educated, but they lack the experience and knowledge to protect their investment. They also tend to be trusting, which makes them easy prey for charlatans.

Have you ever watched “Holmes on Homes”? The program is about a great contractor, Mike Holmes, and his crew, who finish botched home remodeling projects.. He really cares about homeowners, and cares about what he does. I applaud him for getting a great message to a large audience. It’s a message that needs attention, because sooner or later, 95% of all homeowners embark on a major remodeling project.

Dream Project Turns Into A Nightmare

If Mike Holmes could read this, he’d be shaking his head and saying, “Why?” Why did a dream master bathroom renovation become a nightmare? Why, after six months, were the homeowners still  having to use the guest bathroom? Why were all of the plumbing fixtures and fittings — including a 36″ by 72″ whirlpool/air tub — taking up     an entire corner of the master bedroom? Because the homeowners trusted the designer that they hired.

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5 Ways To Avoid Remodeling Change Orders

Remodeling Change Orders — The LAST Thing You Want!

Remodeling change orders may be included automatically with low estimates.

Caution: The lowest estimate often comes with change orders.

Remodeling Change Orders. You’re surprised, and feel betrayed.  Just when everything seemed to be going well, your contractor says, “We’ve run into a problem,” or, “If you want it, you’re going to have to pay more.” There are (sometimes) valid reasons for Change Orders, but most of the time, they can be avoided. You do not want to feel like your home is being held hostage. Here are five ways to avoid Change Orders:

How to Avoid Remodeling Change Orders

Remodeling Change Orders during a building or remodeling project should be an exception, not the rule. Here are ways that you can avoid them: (more…)

Homeowner AND Contractor Advocate

Advocate for Homeowners?  Of Course!

homeowner advocate and contractor advocate

                  “Hello, I’m Diane Plesset.”

What is an Advocate? Many contractors conclude that an advocate always takes the homeowners’ side against them, which is not true. Remodeling is a team effort. If everyone remembers this, and takes their individual responsibility seriously.  There’s no need for anyone to take sides in most cases. There have been only five times in several hundred remodeling projects where a dispute arose. There was clear evidence that the contractor had done something very wrong:

  • Not providing products and services specified in their agreement without communication.
  • Changing the scope of the project without communication.
  • Not providing a written change order before extra work began.
  • Selling products at an inflated price because “warranty service” was provided, without specifying in writing exactly what is included and excluded.

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