SOURCE: Eye for Detail, Inc.

January 25, 2007 07:00 ET

Remodeling Coach Builds Trust Between Homeowners and Contractors

PASADENA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2007 -- The housing market is in a slump which means this is the best time to remodel your home with an eye toward increasing its resale value, says the CEO of Eye for Detail, Inc., Reva Kussmaul. "Of course, you could remodel to simply enjoy your home more," Kussmaul says. But the mere thought of hiring and dealing with contractors gives many homeowners headaches. And, contractors, too, may get embroiled in needless controversy, according to Kussmaul. It need not be that way.

Kussmaul offers a unique service that helps homeowners avoid common remodeling nightmares. In her widely praised seminars, Kussmaul teaches her exclusive "7 step solution" -- seven crucial things homeowners need to know before hiring a contractor. She also teaches contractors valuable lessons to make their interaction with homeowners a more positive experience for all. Kussmaul's advice to contractors: stop underbidding even if it means losing out on a job. There isn't much point for a contractor to be the low bidder only to find out half way through a project, the bid is too low to make a profit. Kussmaul knows what she is talking about. She heads her own home remodeling business putting her in a unique position to advise both clients and contractors alike. Using her own advice, Kussmaul has made a profit on every job she has contracted in the past two years, something virtually unheard of in the construction industry.

"We are passionate about bringing honesty, integrity and open communication to the remodeling field," says Kussmaul, who also is CEO of Moneyvisions which gives business owners and the general public an opportunity to learn to manage their relationship with money. Kussmaul credits her evenhandedness in dealing with contracting issues to her recognition that homeowners are at least 50 percent responsible for so-called remodeling "nightmares." Simply put, there are always two sides to every situation. It's not ALWAYS about a "bad" contractor.

Homeowner Judy Louie came to appreciate Kussmaul's direct approach after experiencing a remodeling nightmare with another contractor. "As an attorney, I appreciate her insistence on written bids and change orders so the parties understand each other's expectations and obligations," says Louie.

Kussmaul offers group and individual sessions for homeowners and contractors at her training center in Pasadena and also provides phone sessions for clients nationwide.

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