15 Remodeling tips from the Property Brothers

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Photo courtesy of Dennys Ilic, via Curbed D.C.

The Property Brothers spoke at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show last week and offered this advice for remodeling your home (Thanks to Curbed D.C.!)

Curbed listed the top 15 tips and tricks these two brothers discussed (my favorite piece of advice is #15).

    1. The home is the largest investment you’ll ever make, so surround yourself with people who will help you succeed. Get someone who understands how you work as well.
    2. Dream big. For one moment, forget everything about price. After listing everything you truly desire for your abode, narrow it down to the must-haves. These must-haves should be things that will make your life easier and will up the property value.
    3. Get a couple of contractors to come through and quote everything. Do your research. Plan ahead. Take your time. Otherwise, you’ll likely blow your budget.
    4. Do not be afraid to be bold, but you need to think of resale value. Don’t do any renovations that may be too specific to your needs or may go out of style soon.
    5. You don’t need to get rid of everything during a renovation. Repurpose when you can.
    6. Do not be in a rush to buy whatever is trendy at the moment. If you want to buy something, know the pros and cons to that product.
    7. Breaking down a wall or two to make more space can be unnecessary. Sometimes, just changing furniture layout is enough.
    8. Do not look at houses until you know what you can afford. 
    9. When you make your budget, do not base that budget off of your current income situation. For example, are you planning a baby? Expect some changes to that budget.
    10. Once you make your budget, stick to it.
    11. Do not do renovations on credit cards.
    12. When selling your home, take the emotion out of it. Take a step back and look at your home from the eyes of a homebuyer. You need to resolve any issues as you only have one chance at a first impression.
    13. Look for inspiration online.
    14. Value your time. It can be worth paying someone to do a job if they will do it quicker than you and with less stress.
    15. Be careful when you look to the Property Brothers for home remodeling advice. You will never be able to renovate at the same cost as them. Why? They don’t charge for their time.
Upcoming Events
  • Reston Association is one of several sponsors of the 3rd Annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire, held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 13 at Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School. More than 100 “makers” from across the region are expected to participate in this event. Makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and children on topics ranging from blacksmithing and primitive skills to 3D printing, drones and robots to creative reuse of recycled materials to creative art-making. Click here for a complete list of participants. In advance: $15 adults, $5 children; at the door: $20 adults, $8 children.
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