Laura says she wrote Remodel This!—along with friend Robyn Roth—after surviving a two-year home renovation project. "I think that a woman reading the book will [learn] everything she needs to know going into this process, so that she will be in the driver's seat and stay there during the duration," Laura says.
Laura shares tips she says every women should take to heart before she starts a home renovation project:
- Identify who's in charge of your project—you, your partner or an outside person, such as a designer. "Remodeling can really be a snapshot of a marriage," she says. If both you and your partner want to be involved in the project, Laura says there is a chance that tensions will arise. "You really want to have a solid foundation in your marriage before you get into a major remodel," she says.
- Create a remodeling portfolio with inspiration from design magazines so that you know what you want your finished renovation to look like.
- Write up a detailed list of items needed for a renovation before the work starts.
- Hire a licensed inspector to go through your home before the renovation and pinpoint potential problem areas of your home.
- Get a preliminary estimate for the renovation from a contractor.
- Research the legalities of a contract before you sign with a contractor—that way, there area no surprises later on.
- Budget for "oh nos"—things that will go wrong during the renovation.