This past Saturday, the Capital Remodel + Garden Show hosted over 375 companies, more than 4,000 square feet of "dream gardens," and two frontrunners that stole the show, Jonathan and Drew Scott. These real estate and home renovation celebrities, known for their HGTV show, Property Brothers, spoke on everything from when to be bold to where to find home remodeling inspiration.
For those who missed the show or wish to relive it, Curbed listed the top 15 tips and tricks these two brothers discussed below:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You don't need to get rid of everything during a renovation. Repurpose when you can.
- 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.
- Breaking down a wall or two to make more space can be unnecessary. Sometimes, just changing furniture layout is enough.
- Do not look at houses until you know what you can afford.
- 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.
- Once you make your budget, stick to it.
- Do not do renovations on credit cards.
- 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.
- Look for inspiration online.
- 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.
- 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.