The Reality Of Living In California

Living in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland aren't the only places Brad Roemer would recommend in California.

Everyone seems mesmerized by the hot Californian sun and the dazed vibe that parades the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland streets. Socializing is more than just a hobby in California, it is a way of life. Perhaps a few come to mind when you think of this beautiful state. Lunch dates by the beach, rooftop cocktail hour and strolling down endless shops may spark up in your mind. There are many other memories that Brad Roemer wants to leave you with, since there is a whole tech infused San Francisco and Oakland mirage that is missing in that picture.

The Competition is Real

Between the northern and southern parts of California, Roemer has noticed the massive competition between sports teams, colleges and lifestyles. People will judge you automatically, placing you into a box as per which part of the state you come from. Sometimes the stereotypes are unfair, but you’ve simply got to move along and shrug others’ judgments aside.

Our Mexican Restaurants are the Best

California gets Mexican cuisine right to the crisp. There’s even no shame in perusing the countless taco stands that may be lining the heavily populated streets as even these recipes are assured to leave you more than satisfied. A few of Brad Roemer’s favorite restaurants in Oakland are Tamarindo, Molcajete and Cosecha.

It’s Festival Heaven

There’s a festival for literally everything you might be interested in. We’re not only talking about the hippie-dippie Indie film festivals you may have your eye on, but also absurd festivals such as one just for cats or to remember the Renaissance period.

Bread Done Right

A classic bread option in California is sourdough. You can’t go wrong with it, it’s something that various local bakeries will even compete in. When el dia de los muertos comes along, you’ve got to try the Pan Dolce treat. It’s sourdough with a fun twist!

It’s Not LA or San Francisco

There is so much more to this beautiful, vast state on the West Coast than Los Angeles or San Francisco. No wonder people dream about taking a road trip across the coast–the nature is breathtaking! You can hike and trek through Californian valleys or mountains. A few notable spots are the forests in Yosemite and the scenic lake in Tahoe.  What about Death Valley? It’s just like it sounds. You’ll view a puzzle of wondrous natural habitats and curves in the sand. The desolate scenery is mystical and rejuvenating all in one.

Fitness Done Best

Whether or not you want to muscle up or tone down, you’ll find that working out was never so easy in the Californian terrain. Health food stores, wellness studios and high intensive gyms are en masse. It’s also easy to simply take a jog outside or venture by your nearest hiking trail as the weather is almost always superb. Restaurants offer a plethora of dietary options, from vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. You can practically call it the health-conscious state of the nation. Also, with avocados everywhere all season long, you’ll have the perfect addition for your fresh lunchtime salads.

Brad Roemer’s Tips On Helping The Homeless

Brad Roemer spreads awareness about homelessness in Oakland

As a realtor, Brad Roemer matches individuals from all walks of life with their dream home. However, it’s no secret that California has a massive homelessness issue. San Francisco is Oakland’s neighbour, and the cost of living makes it one of the most expensive cities to live in the U.S. In fact, in order to live comfortably in San Francisco the living expenses are at $123,268 per year, versus  $99,667 to live comfortably in New York. Oakland is right up there as the fourth most expensive place to live in the United States at $95,611 per year.

When all is said and done, living expenses are crazy expensive in these bustling cities, and homelessness is unfortunately a massive social issue that requires help from everyone. Brad Roemer’s charity of choice is always to help the homeless people lined on the streets of Los Angeles and Oakland by helping out at food kitchens and gathering necessities and Christmas gifts during the holidays. Volunteering consistently can make a massive difference in alleviating this problem, here’s how you can help!

Educate Yourself First

Prior to making any criticisms or judgments, educate yourself about homelessness first. Understand that these are often people who had a line of unfortunate events occur in their life, whether it be having lost their job or experiencing a traumatic incident, resulting in them losing their homes. There’s a certain loneliness and solitude that comes with living on the road. As a passerby, you can help by simply acknowledging their presence and providing a smile and a simple “hello” every now and again. Perhaps you can speak to them, ask them how they are doing, and learn a little bit more about their story. Every person’s story is worth listening to.

Temporary Help Goes a Long Way

If you notice that it is an excruciatingly chilly day, then think about providing immediate help not in the form of cash. Purchase a few gift cards from thrift shops for warm clothing, restaurants and coffee shops so that they can get away from the streets for a few hours and rest in the indoors. For quick energy and nutrition, you can even buy them a meal or make sandwiches. Energy granola bars are a convenient snack to give away. Go to your local grocery store and purchase a stack of water bottles, then pass them around your city’s downtown area. Dehydration is a massive concern amongst the homeless.

Be Weather-Conscious

Brad Roemer loves to teach his children from early on to give back to others, especially those that are in need. It’s a lovely legacy to leave behind. During the summer, he’ll buy a bulk order of t-shirts from Amazon and have his family distribute them throughout the streets of Oakland. The reason being so that these people in the wretched heat can have a fresh change of clothes after sweating day in and day out. When winter comes about, they’ll stock up on winter gloves, hats and scarves. Even blankets and a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card would be a blessing. Raid your own closets for items you no longer wear or use. If you have winter boots lying around that are from four years ago, then give them away. Whenever you travel to hotels, keep the small complimentary body lotions you find in the bathrooms. Keep them in your purse or pocket and provide it to the people on the streets both during the winter and summer months.

Gather Your Troops

Invite and spread the word about the work you’re doing to alleviate immediate homelessness in your community. Get as many people involved, the more individuals who understand the reasons behind homelessness, such as struggles with addiction and educated individuals down on luck, the more aware people will be when passing by a homeless person on the street. It all starts with awareness for support to take place.

Fall Wardrobe Essentials You Need

Brad Roemer's designers love fall fashion, especially when plaid blazers and stripes are involved.

There are so many reasons that Brad Roemer and his team of designers fall in love with Fall over and over again. First, the weather finally chimes down in Oakland to the points where it has become acceptable to wear sweaters during the chillier nights. The festivities of bonfires, plaid and trick or treats are something to look forward. And fun activities arise with the changing leaves, such as dates over pumpkin lattes, road trips to go apple picking and searching for the ultimate pumpkin in a patch of hundreds. School starts for the students of Oakland, and everything transforms and begins again.

Brad Roemer’s designers are not only infatuated with home design but also with fashion design. The creativity, innovation and freedom that are contrived from the left brain are the same in this case. Here are a few wardrobe essentials that every lady should own during the fall months.

A Crisp White Tee

White tees are a versatile classic that should be in everyone’s capsule collection, no matter the season. During the fall especially, you’ll want to layer up with denim jackets, leather motto jackets and scarves. You’re still in transition between the warmest and coldest weather of the year, and the weather may change depending on the day. Enough said, every gal needs a new, perfectly pristine white tee for the fall.

Pretty Ballerina Shoes

Heels are beautiful, but often painful, especially when on the go. Ballerina flats are your feet’s saviour and can be dressed up or down depending on the look you’re going for. A muted nude colour with a short heel is the perfect play between strikingly high heels and flatter-than-flat ballet flats. They give you minimal height and look cute with skirts and dresses.

A Try and True Jacket

Plaid, belted, shearling, animal print, leather… All types of jackets and blazers are great alternatives for when the weather is not cold enough for a heavy winter coat.

The Classic Trench

Trench coats speak to a mademoiselle “I mean business” look. A classic mid-length will float nicely above the knee, allowing your pants, skirt or dress to peak out from below. Apart from going neutral, toying with another fall color such as olive green or blush pink help bring out otherwise darker fall hues.

Fabulous Blazers

Blazers don’t only need to be for the days where you have an important meeting or need a boost of strength and assertiveness. Top off a strong-shouldered (the 90s are back!) style in plaid over jeans and you have yourself one business casual outfit. The look also looks great over a grey or black turtle-neck with black pants, especially if the blazer is a statement piece.

Stripe It Back To Basics

In case you haven’t noticed, stripes are big this season. Transition your sailor shirts to the fall with a Parisian-inspired outfit. Pair it with a flirty, flowy neutral skirt or slouchy denim. Don’t be afraid to mix up various patterns with stripes. Have some fun by opting for plaids and florals with the shirt.

Sleek Heels

We know we chose ballerina flats as a go-to, but a minimalist, neutral heel can be the pop you need in an outfit. You don’t need to purchase four-inch heels to make a big enough impact, instead choose a confidence-boosting that perhaps live under your desk while you’re rocking your cute ballerina flats throughout the day. They’re also perfect for when you want to grab cocktails with your girlfriends after work. An open back strap is perfectly ok for any meeting.

This Is What Brad Roemer Gifts Clients

Matching a client to their dream home is not enough for Brad Roemer's team, he goes the extra mile with a care package gift.

We’ll let you in on a little secret… Want to know what greatly differentiates Brad Roemer’s realtor and design services? We excel by always going the extra mile with small yet intimate touches that others don’t think to do. Our clients don’t only remember us for our stellar services, but for our attention to detail and our honest care for every single potential, current and past client of ours. We use personalized care packages, something that may sound eerily simple to you but truly does go a long way.

The Brad Roemer Secret Sauce

Thoughtful care packages are great for your best friend who is moving away for college, or for your sick grandfather in the hospital. But they’re also a way to push the envelope on the thank you note. It’s like receiving a FabFitFun box every season.. You don’t know what’s in it, yet you feel like it’s the perfect present you’ve always wanted and needed.

A Little Slice of Home

Why do we do this, apart from satisfying our clientele’s needs? Needs that they didn’t even know they had! We do this because receiving a gifted care package reminisces the idea of home. Our services are all related to the home, either renovating your exterior landscape, making your home more modern or glamorous via cute vintage finds, or simply matching you with the home of your dreams as per your circumstances. And our purpose? It’s to make you feel like you’re at home every step of the way. Think about it is seriously, how do you feel when your child is leaving home to study abroad for a year,  or you’ve been on the road for work for way too long… You start to feel a little queasy and home-sick. As a welcome for all of our clients, and a thank you for choosing Brad Roemer’s services, we bring you a little piece of home.

What’s in Our Care Packages?

Here’s an example of what we’ve stuffed our authentic and carefully designed care packages with… Keep in mind that the items will change based on the client, always tailoring it to their needs and desires.

Scented Candles or Essential Oils Diffuser

When your home smells fresh, woodsy, florally… Whatever it is that you wish your space to smell, you start to feel like everything is under control. Depending on the client we’re working with and the design of their home, we will pick out a frivolous Voluspa candle in a nifty scent. DoTerra is our favorite essential oils’ diffuser, and if we go this route we’ll often gift you with a starter pack (lavender, lime and lemon scents) to purify your oasis.

Gift Cards to Needed Services

Especially when our client has just moved in to their home, a nice Starbucks or nutritiously-sound restaurant as a gift card is what they need. We also like to chip in on transportation services, such as a gift card to Uber, and cleaning services through handy apps.

Beauty and Body Products

Nothing feels better than slipping into cozy socks and cuddling under a throw blanket after a long, soothing shower. We’ll often throw in items like a robe with our clients’ initials, a weighted blanket, nail polish and skin care items for the ladies, and perhaps even a lovely rose face mask to lather on. Body lotion is also a heavily utilized item… You can’t go wrong with this one!

A Local Snack

A sweet or savoury snack can go a long way, especially when it has been delicately crafted by a local. We know of a few hidden gems that have lucrative products and are incredibly difficult to get ahold of. We go through great lengths to deliver only the best to our clients, in all methods possible.

Experience The Beautiful Irish Countryside

Brad Roemer's infatuation with jutting rocks, expansive green land and fairytale folklore have fed his design inspiration.

There’s nothing like the Irish countryside to inspire Brad Roemer interior designers as we launch into the Fall season. Sprawling green hills, the serene sound of nature and old Bed and Breakfasts in far away villages have swooped up our creative juices.

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Ireland or England, we’ve got you covered with some of the quaintest villages your mind could ever imagine.

Here are the best villages to visit in Ireland, which will clearly explain our fond desire to bring the lush greenery and ancient cobblestones into our homes and offices.

Embrace the Medieval Mile

Marble has been a trend that’s been brimming on our radar for years now and is a big part of the Medieval Mile. Perhaps you’ve heard about Kilkenny through the beer brand, or in  music as a known destination amongst Irish and foreign travellers. The city is known as the Medieval Mile thanks to its long-standing heritage that can be viewed thanks to its narrow European streets and alleys. In the 6th century, the city housed a monastic settlement in which visitors can view the pre-existing round tower from the 9th century. The stone castle that takes over the city is a no-brainer spot for travellers as the extensive land and gardens are a sight worth looking. It’s graciously looming presence was significant when it was built in the 12th century since it acted as a fording point for the River Nore. The Victorian remodel of the castle is open for visitation.

Romance Amongst the Sea and Ruins

The Emerald Isle is a place you want to go to get a true exploration of the coastline. With one of the most romantic hotels for you to splurge on, and the quiet Ardmore’s silent sea views. The ruins of the St. Declan’s Cathedral will bring you a historical vantage point of the city like none other. There’s a wondrous three-mile cliff that you and your love bird can walk hand-in-hand. If you’re looking for ancient, then you’ve got it here. Jutting cliffs, iridescent bodies of water, cloudy skies, you’ll have the chance to enamour the scenery while making your way over to the House of Waterford Crystal, which literally houses the world’s oldest (still intact and functioning! Brilliantly!) lighthouse.

Legendary Scenery in the Kingdom of Kerry

Want to feel like a Queen or King for the day? This enchanting Kingdom serves as one of the most authentic experiences you could ever expect. With miles of rose gardens peaking out from the grassy shrubs, and the lively sound of vibrant folk musicians down the street at the Siamsa Tire, you’ll be doing the jig until your feet cramp up. Go by carriage as you are on your way to visit the 15th century Ross Castle.

Luxuries and Fairy Trees in the West

Galway is a top snag for romance as you walk through the magical scenic gardens at Brigit’s Garden. Here, you will feel one in nature as you tie your ultimate wish to the fairy tree and surround yourself with ancient Celtic folklore and rituals. If you’re looking for stunning, then look no farther but hopping into the car for a short several mile roadtrip down the Sky Road where you’ll view the tumultuous hills, expansive bodies of water and quaint sheep lining the farms. Where lilies and canoes reflect the ornate Kylemore Abbey, your heart’s desire for authenticity will be met more than half way. History of the Abbey’s many innovations, trials and tribulations, romance and tragedy pave across its  Victorian walled garden. Say a sweet prayer in the neo-Gothic church that elegantly peaks up from the bottom of a hill.

 

How To Be Positive While Feeling Frustrated

When something bad happens to you, it's easy to hold on to that negativity and ponder on about your problems. This simply creates a spiralling effect of other negative occurrences. Experiencing uneasy emotions is nothing abnormal.

When something bad happens to you, it’s easy to hold on to that negativity and ponder on about your problems. This simply creates a spiralling effect of other negative occurrences. Experiencing uneasy emotions is nothing abnormal. In fact, they can provide pertinent information about what you need to do psychologically to feel better about yourself. Listen to your feelings and use these tactics to help tackle any sized problem.

You Feel a Weight on Your Chest

Some issue is consistently weighing down on you. It could be that a loved one in your family is sick in the hospital, or that you got in a bad fight with your spouse. Whatever the problem may be, it is taking over a ton of real estate in your brain. If you’re like some of the designers at Brad Roemer, then you may be a self-proclaimed believer in the law of attraction. The more negativity that you think, the more that negative happenings will occur in your life. It’s exactly the rigorous spiral that we were referring to earlier. When you’re dealing with such a heavy weight, then you need to write it out. The cathartic feeling that you’ll have from jotting every thought that crosses your mind on paper will free up some of that juicy headspace. We recommend writing for a maximum of 20 minutes, and to avoid doing this activity too close to bedtime.

Everything Seems to be Going Wrong

Everyone has one of those days where it feels like nothing is going right. You wake up late for work, forget your coffee at home, almost miss the train and have to work extra long at a client’s request. The best thing to do on one of these days is to take a short, ten-minute break where you can let go and do something that you love. This could be writing a poem, blasting a song and singing at the top of your lungs, or cooking a delicious breakfast for dinner. A quick jog around the blog will also do.

Your To-do List Never Ends

Perhaps you take a look at your list of endless tasks and feel stressed because you have to leave on time from work today due to a prior commitment. The stress makes your breathing feel extremely difficult, causing you to have shallow breaths. When this happens, take one minute to sit back and close your eyes. Focus entirely on your breathing with the 4-6-8 rule where you will count your inhale on four and hold for a count of six and finally exhale for a total of 8 counts. It’s like a magical stress-reducer! You’ll feel much more clear-minded and energetic after achieving this exercise.

Your Frustrations Make You Cry

Don’t ever feel ashamed of your emotions. Letting out your frustrations in a healthy way is the best avenue to follow. Brad Roemer always recommends talking to someone you love when the going gets incredibly tough. Knowing that your support system is there to back you up will make you feel relieved after you’ve vented all your thoughts. Don’t indulge in a massive cheesecake, overeat at the diner or chug down your entire glass of wine. Communicate how you’re feeling and you’re bound to feel a little better about the situation.

South Of France: Brad Roemer’s Next Vacation Spot

Brad Roemer and his wife have it in their best interest to visit South of France for all the Provence has to offer instead of Marrakech or Hawaii.

Normally, Brad Roemer and his wife are pretty decisive when it comes to deciding on which vacation spot they want to go to next. For some strange reason, this year it has been a massive debate. Roemer’s wife would absolutely love to go back to Marrakech for some sweet tea, yet the idea of venturing to the South of France, the Amalfi Coast in Italy and the islands of Hawaii have all taken a large play in the discussion. You’d think that in a world of business where strategic decisions need to be made and engrained in contract form that a week vacation trip would be an easy idea to have a consensus on.

We at Brad’s interior design subsidiary decided to make it easy for him: Choose the South of France, for all these adorable reasons will make you lust over it. After all… France just did win the World Cup!

South of France: Alarming Beauty

The Historic Monument of the Pope’s Palace

There’s more to France than the beautiful hustle and bustle of the country’s capital, Paris. For instance, if you’re wistful for a serene escape into a medieval city, then Provence is a great option. Roemer and his wife could enjoy the realms of the Pope’s Palace in Avignon, a UNESCO site that was built in the 14th century. It also happens to be one of the world’s largest and most important gothic buildings. Entrance into the palace will offer access to over twenty rooms, one of which is the prized papal apartments of Clement IV’s where Matteo Giovanetti’s beautiful gothic frescoes can be viewed.

For Lavendar Lovers

If you need a peaceful walk where all your senses can be alarmed, then the lavender tours at the Senanque Abbey in Gordes is a must-see. Wondering what the reason is for this deeply-rooted love for Provence? It’s the vision of roman buildings rusted over in a light grey in juxtaposed with the blossoming purple lavender fields and lush cypress trees.

By the Water in Marseille’s Old Port

For those who hope to live by the sea, the ancient city of Marseille’s Old Port adorns a breathtaking view of quays from the 1700s. This place is brewing as a local hotspot for lazy lunches, evening jousting and entertainment and meet-up spots. You’ll also feel like the rows of yachts are endless, and recognize the practicality of fishing in the city’s economy. Looking for a fresh catch of the day? You can’t get better than the Old Port.

Gorges du Verdon: There’s Nothing Like It

Think waters as blue as turquoise limestone, and unforgiving views of the canyon from below. You’ll feel absolutely tiny compared to the rest of the world, and gain a massive appreciation for Mother Nature. Use this day trip as an opportunity to rent a boat for a few hours and jump into the sparkling waters for a refresher. If you’re more the adventurous type, feel free to give the hiking trails a go with about 1,500 different routes to choose from that cusp on the edge of the limestone cliffs. Just be wary of where you step because limestone can be especially slippery!

Roemer’s Fab July 4th Party Decor Items

When it comes to the Fourth of July, California goes all out to make the best party of the year.

Fourth of July is in only two days, although smack in the middle of the week. We cannot get enough of this annual celebration, sporting cool red, blue and white clothes and sipping margaritas by the swimming pool in the great company of family and friends. While this magical party clad with effervescent fireworks and a seemingly all-you-can-eat buffet fancies us all, the host of the party is often nervously preparing their home and food options before the grand day. It takes one to enjoy the party, but it takes another to make certain that everyone is enjoying said party.

Brad Roemer has thus broken down the necessities of party decorations, activities and favors to take out the hassle of all the July 4th preparations.

Snack Table Decor

This time of year is undoubtedly hot in Oakland, and any healthy and cold refreshment will be greatly appreciated by your guests. We love to kill two birds with one stone by making one of our snacks a part of the decoration. All it takes is several watermelons and a great stencil plus vegetable peeler and you’re practically set. After you’ve cut the watermelon into a few dozen slices, use a stencil on two full, uncut watermelons by spelling out “July” and “4”. This will now become your table centrepiece.

Drink Bar Decor

No one has a good party without a substantial amount of alcohol. Creating a fun drink bar with star DIY banners will direct everyone to the cool refreshments. All you’ve got to do is cut out identical stars via an online star stencil and get a little crazy with glue and glitter. Cut holes in the top of every star and lace through long ribbons that are red, white and blue. Hang the garland both on the edge of the table and on the wall that supports the bar.

A Bloody Mary bar makes for a classic signature drink for your party… unless you prefer strawberry daiquiris, which just so happens to be the Roemer’s go-to party drink! To make this station look pretty, fill cups with pepper-stuffed green olives, pickles, celery,  lemon and lime along with canisters of the mixed drink. This way guests don’t have to worry about  mixing together the right amounts of tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and tomato juice.

Flower Power & Candle Decor

Candles and flowers provide a whimsical feel, especially when hosting an outdoors event.

Brad Roemer loves to make an effortless statement by purchasing cheap glass vases from the dollar store and filling them around with a small United States flag. Fill the vase with water along with blue hydrangeas and carnations as well as white freesia and miniature daisies. Lush greenery should top off the assortment of flowers.

As for the serving platter that is to be placed under the vase, it is recommended to add colorful fruits to the mix while ensuring that they are aligned with the American patriotic colors. We would choose three of the following list: Fresh peaches, apricots, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries.

As for the candles, you can simply lay out small red, blue and white paper bags all around the lawn while inserting soil that is sprayed with OFF and tea candles to top them off. This is a makeshift weapon against those nasty mosquitos that may annoy your guests while eating great BBQ and watching the fireworks from your backyard.

3 Tips To Reducing Chaos In Your Space

Brad Roemer Realtor encourages individuals to reduce chaotic, messy homes with new organizational and interior design methods.

Are you bored of your current home interior design look? Perhaps a quick fix-me-upper would do your space justice. If you feel uninspired to work on your side hustle startup, or to let your creative fingers come up with new musical notes, then it is likely that your space has taken fortress to the drab and messy.

Maintaining a clean and tidy space often comes with the respect that one gives a space they love. You work hard to pay your rent every month and to come home to a safe sanctuary where you can relax idly on the couch without a fret in the world. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a minimalistic home update to shape up your mood and make you want to dance around your living room all night love with the ones you love (i.e. you’re finally feeling like inviting people over instead of hiding in the embarrassment that is undone laundry).

So, how exactly can you make this home (and mood) transformation a reality? You can put away those amethyst crystals for now… We’ve got a few more practical interior design tips to change up your home for the better.

  1. Focus on Neutrals! When your home is infested with all the colors on the rainbow, the eye and mind doesn’t know where to focus anymore. Purchase your large furniture items within a neutral context if you like to have more creative leisure with smaller items such as picture frames and pillows. Brad Roemer’s team loves to opt for neutral greens and mauves for clients who still want a little bit of a color splash.
  2. Get Away From the Cramped Space! If you want your space to look larger than it is, then A) stop buying every single cute armour from your town’s flea market and B) Stick your furniture items straight to the walls. This will allow people to believe that your space is larger than it is and a little less chaotic.
  3. Store Up the Unnecessaries! You can’t imagine just how many clients Brad Roemer Realtor has dealt with whom have difficulty getting rid of items. Hoarding exists–it’s not only for those outrageous TLC shows. While we recommend our clients to choose to keep items only that bring them true joy, we also encourage individuals to purchase great double-duty storage units. Some clients love the ability to hide their bed and extra chairs in the secrecy of a cupboard… You do you!

 

Remodelling Your Home?

Ever thought of how it would be like to remodel your home? Brad Roemer aces the task of simple renovation projects.

Why renovate?

There are different reasons as to why a home owner would feel the need to renovate their home. At times it could be due to the fact that they would like to increase their living space. Maybe the small sized bathroom (for example) that once accommodated a couple has now become too small for their five-member family. There are circumstances where the homeowners would like to increase the value of their house for further investments or an assessment from the bank. It could also just be the need for a change of housing structure all together. Regardless of the reason it is important to way out the different options, plan a budgeting scheme in much detail in order to get a better understanding of the feasibility of the project. Gaining insightful information regarding home renovation is key to successfully remodeling your home. It is great to hire professionals to do the work, but it is important to have a detailed understanding of what is actually going to take place during the process.

Get the budget right

Throughout different neighborhoods and districts we sometimes observe incomplete renovation projects. At times we ask ourselves why the project was never completed and what could have been done better for the complete remodelling of the home to have taken effect. There are so many reasons as to why a renovation project would not have been completed. One of the main reason is underestimating the complete cost of the renovation at hand. With a lack of expertise and understanding one can make a rough estimation of how much it would cost for renovations just to be surprised in the end that the amounts do not even come close! The research prior to beginning the renovations cannot be overemphasized. Do your homework! Research shows that most homeowners set very unrealistically low budgets for most of their renovation projects. They completely underestimate how much would actually be going into the project and find out during the project that they unfortunately do not have the means to continue. When it comes to smaller projects such as; changing of floors, fences or painting most homeowners are convinced that the price would be very minimal and insignificant due to the fact that the project seems so small. When a thorough research is performed one will have a good understanding of what actually goes into making these “seemingly” small projects and why the amount is more than expected.

Get professional help

Once you decide on what you will actually be renovating in your home and have come up with an approximated cost of the renovations it is vital to get professional advice as well prior to actually beginning with the renovations to ensure that your finds are valid. Get multiple quotes from multiple contracting companies. Do not content yourself with the quote from only one company. Since you would have already done your individual research based on your needs and the potential cost of the project it would be easier to know what contractor to deal with. Ensure that the interview process is thorough and that you get an in-depth understanding of what their contract and services offer. Communication is key; make sure that they can easily be reached and that most importantly they understand you and that you understand them. Are there any hidden fees that you would need to know about in advance? These would all be valid questions to ask. When you are asked questions about your house make sure to answer as honestly and truthfully as you possibly can. It is important for the contractor to also get a good understanding of your home and not be surprised with additional work to do which would add costs. Most contracts do advise clients to add between 10 to 20% to the budget as there could be other changes to be made once the work begins. In the event that you cannot find contractors that are reliable or trust worthy you can always get references from friends’, family members or colleagues. Other professionals within the industry such as real estate agents like our very own Brad Roemer can also be of great help to you as they have the expertise and the network.

Financing the renovations

How will you be financing your project? Whether it be through a loan, a home equity plan, rebates or just plain savings it is important to cross that bridge prior to the start of the renovation to ensure that you have the funds available.

Renovating a home may be a difficult and very time-consuming process. You must exercise a lot of patience before, during and after the renovations as you will be deprived of your privacy space whiles the work is being done which may lead to frustration and stress. With proper planning and organization, you should have that perfect remodelling of your home that you have been dreaming of.