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If you’re renovating your own home, or buying a place to fix up and flip, you need to listen to up! Vicki Lauter has done a boat-load of home renovation AND she has used her business savvy to make the whole process not only successful and satisfying, but also pretty darn near painless!
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Yeah… seriously. Maybe it’s what she’s learned as Founder and CEO of Strategic Human Insights, or maybe she’s just smarter than the average bear. Either way, if what you want is a home renovation project that finishes on-time and on-budget and also makes you feel great, you’ll be hard pressed to find better advice.
Here’s a taste of “Lauter’s Lessons:”
- Inspect before you buy (including specialist inspections of major systems like HVAC)
- Get an architect and/or designer involved up front (You are not experienced enough to do the whole magilla on your own!)
- PLAN, PLAN, PLAN! (If you’re gonna’ live there for 5 years, plan out the whole 5 years!)
- Vet your general contractor (…and all the subs!)
- Think a lot about buying all/part of the materials yourself or letting that be part of the contractor’s job (Lots-O-$Cash to be saved/spent here!)
- Watch ‘em like a hawk! (…then be hard-nosed or nice depending on each of the million specific situations)
Then there’s the rat poop story…
You need to listen to this episode for the rat poop story…
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