So you have a project in mind, life is constantly changing and so are your needs. Your home however is not changing as your life changes and you are finally considering making some changes to the home to keep up with your changing life. Simple right? It should be!
It's time for a new home improvement project. For whatever reason:
The family is growing and a new addition is needed!
It about time we added a porch to the house!
Give me my master bath a Jacuzzi!
We finally want to reward ourselves with a master suite now that the kids are gone!
Well the young one just graduated and is moving back in for 2 years. Ouch! We forgot to tell him/her we converted the room to an office... now we need to make sure he / her stays out of our way!
It finally occurred to us to convert that huge attic space above the garage into a usable room for the kids playroom or a spare guest room.
I have repaired my HVAC system for the darn last time and it is about time to get a replacement!
I bought a house but I also want to rent part of it to help me pay my mortgage!
We are considering a house and want to consider and decide on the best upgrades before we make a decision to buy or not.
There is a lot of home Improvement information available all around you, in some cases too much information, However, how do you get information specific to your specific project need or idea?
Where can you get unbiased and knowledgeable information with no pressure to sign a contract tonight; no 7-14 days to accept the offer or it is off the table; no upsale for anything; no sign now and get a 30% discount slide of hand; no fear mongering that your house is about to fall down, no exorbitant design fees only to later on keep paying additional fees or even find out you can't afford the improvement?
Home Depot tells you, Lets do this! or More Saving, More Doing! Great! Some of what Home Depot did not tell you:
Do you need a design or a simple sketch?
Do you need a building permit or not?
Do you need a design from a licensed Architect or Designer?
Can I really get this all done with my buddy or do I hire a Contractor?
If I take this on a as a DIY project where does all my construction waste go?
Can I really break down all my walls? Any wall? Every wall?
About how long will this really take?
Can I turn these two rooms into a master suite?
Sometimes the answers to the "simple" questions above are not so simple. There are primarily two ways to get projects done in today's world. Either as a DIY project or you hire a contractor. Most Contractors will tell you they provide FREE estimates, and that is great, and they should, but do not forget that contractor wants to get YOUR project so the question becomes, how HONESTLY unbiased do you think he or she will be when providing you "Free" information and that "Free" Estimate?
The fact is the information you will be provided will be the information that BEST allows that contractor to get your project and your money not what might be the BEST decision for YOU!
Let's say you need an Architect, what amount of detailed information can you provide the Architect to allow them quickly and efficiently provide you with a design that meets your project idea? The more detailed or specific information you provide, the more cost effective, cheaper and faster your project can get started.
Solution: Step Up Project Consulting
Step Up Project Consulting provides a professional, efficient, easy and cost effective solution to get all your project idea questions like those above answered, from the simple to the not so simple questions for your proposed project.
You will get answers to help you make the right decision and the immediate next steps on your project idea. We will help you decide if you want to proceed with the project at all, how best to proceed, either as a DIY project or if you are better served to hire in a Contractor. Whichever method you choose, Step Up Project Consulting will provide you with information, and Pros and Cons on the options.
Most importantly Step Up Project Consulting will do these two things that are unique to our service:
We will provide you unbiased information on your project from BOTH the design and construction perspective, not one or the other which is typical from either a Contractor or an Architect. We will also provide you information regards government regulations that may or may not affect your project.
We will NOT push ANY additional service beyond our Project Consultancy Service unless you specifically make that request. This is the KEY to this service, the goal is to provide you the necessary information you need for your specific project without having ANY interest in how you choose to proceed. BUT also ensuring you have the right information to proceed. Our goal is to save you time and money and help you keep as much of it as possible!
Step Up Services can provide design, construction and construction management services. Should you require any of those services feel free to let us know. We will only inform you once of our extended professional expertise and capabilities.
Why pay for Project Consulting?
The graphic above is a snapshot from zillow.com on some possible costs for certain home improvement projects.
Consider this. Your home improvement project might be any of of the projects above, less or more. If using the examples noted above, you want to update a bathroom or kitchen. Before committing to have a design or hire a contractor for a possible $59,223 - $121,452 project. How about spending less than 1% of that amount to get valuable and vital information needed to make the right decisions for your dream project?
Our project consulting packages allow you to spend less than $500 for most of the projects listed above for unbiased design and construction professional provide advice on both design and construction on various options, pros and cons and how best to proceed with your project before you commit to spending any of the far more significant amounts listed above.
Don't rely on Vinnie's best friend who has done this a thousand times, but whom you can't get a hold of and will be a slave to his disorganized schedule! Or Joe's buddy who does this for a living, might do it cheap maybe even for free, but over a few beers without a steady mind (or hand) and every day there is a new "small additional cost" and corners get cut with unprofessional work!! Or Uncle Jackson who has a construction company but your project is a side project and good ole Uncle Jackson knows what you want better than you do yourself and suddenly you get to a point of contention with no good solutions!
The goal of Step Up Project Consultancy Services is to provide you with the right unbiased information you need to allow you consider the various options, pros and cons allowing you to make the right decision and get what you want done, on your home improvement project before you commit to spending a significant amount of money, go into debt or spend hard earned savings or even make a bad investment.
Click the icon below for an interesting infographic on National Home Improvement Costs.
All for One Low Simple Fee
For a simple low fee, you get a two hour consultancy session with our experienced Design and Construction professionals. The discussion and information provided is guaranteed to help you get to the next steps, meet your needs, and off you go and enjoy your project!
If you liked what you heard from our main Home Project Consultancy package but still have some more questions, you want to dig a little deeper with you and need another session, Step Up Project Consultancy offers additional two hour sessions at a low flat rate fee to provide you additional and more specific information and get you even closer to your dream project.
The packages available to set you on your way are:
Home Project Consultation
DIY Project Consultation
Contractor Project Consultation
DIY & Contractor Consultation OR
Each of the packages above are stand alone packages and can be purchased separately at any time or together if you wish. You get what you believe you need and nothing more. Convinced and ready to go!? Click "Get Started" above to go the stuff you want to know, How Much, right!?
True Talk! Why the service and stories to avoid
Step Up Project Consulting Principals have a combined 40 years plus in the built environment, design and construction industry. Naturally, many social conversations gravitate towards a home improvement project. Unfortunately, most are sad stories. After recently hearing one more sad story, I decided it was time to try and offer people a cost effective option to solve problems EARLY and if possible prevent a home improvement project dream from becoming a nightmare. The stories below are true stories from our personal experience with friends, family and clients.
Investment gone wrong:
A professional accountant good with numbers believed it was about time and a good idea to acquire an investment property. $65,000 spent and TWO years later, the property in question is not finished and requires additional funding. Having run out of hard earned savings, he proceeded to a bank for assistance. All was fine until the bank decided to check the contractor's work... Dang! Unpermitted work done! Now, current contractor needs to be fired, wants to get paid and bank had requested he finds, and they vet the new contractor who will cost even more. Meanwhile, the city is about to send some fines for what they also found... Not good!
Unending basement to nowhere!
A homeowner had the great idea to convert the basement area into a "man cave" and more, the only problem was the headroom was just about 6 feet high. Not to worry his contractor said he just had to lower the floor! No big deal. Work begins and after weeks of unpleasant jackhammering, dust and family disruptions, the contractor happily announces that soil below the basement was not only bad, but there is a high water table and the waterproofing will be needed. Not that much of a big deal a few trucks of granite or CR6 cannot solve, not so fast sir, why? Well a supposedly $32,000 project was now going to cost $45,000 and counting...
Ouch I hit my head!!! I am going to sue!
The kids are all grown, the folks retired and trying to figure out how to keep the house and lower expenses and the mortgage. EUREKA! a young construction friend from church tells the old folks, why not convert the basement to a one bedroom apartment? Not only do you not use the space, it will help safety and security to have another younger person in the house in case emergency help is needed.
Perfectly good ideal and as the basement already had a bathroom, not too costly to upgrade. Let's say about $12,000 was spent. It was really done well. Just before a tenant moved in another more experienced construction friend stopped by to check the work as well and noticed something odd, he almost hit his head twice on the ceiling joists in the basement. I am so sorry, you can't rent this out I am afraid, he said! Why not? Well this ceiling is FAR below the minimum ceiling height for a living space. Anyone you put here could sue you for making them live in a unsafe condition...! Sadly as noted, $12,000 of retirement money... Already SPENT!
You want a person to live DOWN THERE?
Of course as the basement of our homes are many times "extra space" it is not surprise a bulk of the sad stories are basement stories! Another one! A young professional had just bought his first house, a Fixer Upper and we were asked to do the design for the renovation. As I walked the home with the young and proud homeowner, we went down into the basement where she proudly smiles and says to me: And this is WHY I bought the house, I want a rental unit here to help pay the mortgage...
I looked around me, looked at her and I said, you want a human being to live down HERE? When I stood in the middle of the basement and raised my hands to my shoulders on both sides, I could touch the foundation walls, translation less than 7 feet wide! My head was just about touching the underside of the upper level floor joists, translation 6 feet of headroom! Dear ma'am, this is not possible! She immediately lost it, why? She cannot afford the mortgage without that additional rental income, and she had bought the house already! Happy to say this story had a good ending! If you want to know ask me when we meet!
Step Up Project Consultancy services are designed to provide you a simple low cost solution to prevent the sad stores above! Click below to learn more!
Step Up Services currently offers consulting services in the following States and Counties. Additional locations and online consultancies options will be added in the near future. If you are located outside the areas we currently serve and require a consultancy, please contact us and we can discuss your specific needs.