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Home Renovation: Does Your House Have Good Bones?

Does Your House Have Good Bones?

You’re finally ready to buy that fixer upper or pull the trigger on a big renovation-now comes the hard part: figuring out how to tackle it. Whether you’re in for a gut renovation or just a major facelift, there’s a lot more to renovating a property than you might think.  Today we’re talking to a renovation powerhouse Mina Starsiak, who’s going to share some very common mistakes, so we don’t have to make them!

You’re finally ready to buy that fixer upper or pull the trigger on a big renovation-now comes the hard part: figuring out how to tackle it. Whether you’re in for a gut renovation or just a major facelift, there’s a lot more to renovating a property than you might think. 

Today we’re talking to a renovation powerhouse Mina Starsiak, who’s going to share some very common mistakes, so we don’t have to make them!

With the limited TV series A Very Brady Renovation becoming an instant hit, the competition show Rock the Block, and her own show Good Bones which is a cult favorite- it’s impossible to turn on HGTV without seeing Mina Starsiak Hawk working hard to transform homes. 

She’s been remodeling and selling homes for years with her mom, Karen E. Laine-and is the co-founder and owner of Two Chicks and a Hammer, an Indianapolis-based home renovation business, with a mission to revitalize their favorite neighborhoods one house at a time. 

Mina is an absolute wealth of knowledge, and we’re honored to learn from her today.

By the end of this class you’ll have a checklist for determining if a home has good bones, some pointers for avoiding common DIY fails, and some kick-ass motivation for tackling the good, the bad and the ugly of home renovation.

HOW DO YOU DETERMINE IF A HOUSE HAS GOOD BONES?

  • Foundation (look for moisture and cracks)
  • Framing, roof and structure (make sure the house isn’t leaning)
  • Plumbing, electrical and HVAC

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON RENOVATION MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE?

  • Underestimating time and budget.
  • If the contractor says a month, plan for 2.
  • Always budget for more time and more money.

HOW DO YOU AVOID GOING OVER BUDGET?

  • Assume you’re redoing everything.
  • Add a 10-20 percent contingency budget.

WHEN DO YOU DIY & WHEN DO YOU CALL A PROFESSIONAL?

  • There’s so much you can learn! Look at the big box stores for classes.
  • Painting, tiling and flooring are things you can try!
  • Figure out the worst case scenario and if you can live with it, then do it!
  • Things like major electrical have a more serious worst case scenario.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED DURING THIS PROCESS?

  • Plan for the worst and hope for the best!

MONEY SAVING TIPS:

  • You can find remnant pieces for countertops .
  • Check out salvage and resale stores.
  • Dig around on Facebook and Craigslist.

3 TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED ON BUYING FIXER UPPERS:

  • Educate yourself on the area, comps and city changes in the pipeline.
  • The money you put in shouldn’t be your life savings! It should be money you can potentially loose.
  • Have fun! Do things that make you happy and creative.

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR PICKING PAINT COLORS?

  • Get the fan deck! Don’t try to figure it out with all the paint cards at the store.
  • There’s a strip with all the shades. Pick 3 colors from the same swatch.
  • 1 or 2 shades darker from your interior color are great for accent colors.

HOMEWORK:

  • Attack that thing on your list you’ve been putting off. Plan it, get the supplies and just do it!

FIND MINA!

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