Mother & Daughter Team: Empowering and Rehabbing a Relationship While Remodeling a Home

Hi guys, Franklin Cruz here – REI Drill Sergeant and Mentor …

Terri, a recently divorced mother of one, had to restart her professional career after being a stay-at-home mom for more than a decade. Terri’s daughter, Victoria, had just graduated college and returned from spending four months traveling through 13 countries in Europe when she came to work with her mom.

The newly formed team found common ground while transforming a mess of a house into a magnificent home. The project brought a mother and daughter team closer than they had ever been and provided a sense of liberation they had never experienced.

This messy project was their first rehab together, and it was a steep learning curve. They were able to work together to find the best possible solutions, even though it was difficult at times to agree on every single detail.

Three Things the Duo Team Learned

  1. Always get an inspector

    It is essential to know what you are dealing with before you buy the property… or at least before hiring a general contractor.
  1. Hold your contractor accountable Make sure you have an incredibly detailed contract and itemized list with a three-draw process. Meaning, they are not getting paid until every part of the draw is done.
  2. Review completion of a draw within 24-48 hours

    Within 24-48 hours of the completion of each draw, review and inspect items that were to be completed before releasing the funds. This goes back to holding your contractor accountable for agreed upon tasks.

Learning as We Go

The journey from start to finish was a huge learning experience for the team – both professionally and personally.

They learned how important it is to hold your contractor accountable for every little detail, and how to confront and handle the everyday challenges that came their way.

It is vital to take a step back and reevaluate your options before making any big decisions. When rehabbing a house, it’s easy to get caught up and frustrated in the small things… and end up spending much more money than necessary. Every penny counts so take the time to evaluate your options and trust your gut!

Thanks again and sending you our best wishes!

Franklin Cruz
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