Looking to buy or renovate a home? Let the Property Brothers help! Drew and Jonathan Scott stopped by the HollywoodLife podcast to give their list of dos and don’ts for buying and renovating a house. Listen to our interview right here!
The Property Brothers sure know how to make renovating a house simpler! HGTV stars Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott came by the HollywoodLife podcast to chat about their new book, Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House, and to give us some make-sense advice on how to find the best house and then overhaul it to look as good as one of their own renovations. Get Jonathan and Drew’s scoop on what you should do — and what you should totally avoid!
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DO buy a house in an area that has all that you need.
Drew suggests it’s best to look at the things you can’t change before starting the renovation, like the neighborhood and what it’s near, whether it be transit, church, school, or whatever you may find important. Because if those factors are good, then you can make any house look beautiful!
DON’T invest in a house that needs an addition or second story.
Not only is cost evaluation important, but Jonathan said looking at the outer footprint is crucial too. Putting additions on the home requires a development permit on top of the building permit, as well as getting permission from your neighbors — which can really delay the entire renovation. “I’ve had clients where a year and a half later they’re still in the development process.”
DO use gray paint.
Gray is the hot color at the moment, as it’s a cold color that can be both dressed up and warmed up because of the thousands of gray shades that are available. “Your base or your wall color are some offset of a light gray, and then use decor pieces to pump up the color,” Drew said.
DON’T cover a room in wallpaper.
Instead, Jonathan and Drew suggest using it as an accent or on one wall. Jonathan said covering an entire space with wallpaper gives you vertigo, so not using as much of it allows for a focal point rather than a dizzying look. He added, “Some people think [wallpaper is] granny — it’s not if it’s done right!”
DO figure out how much something is going to cost before committing to the renovation.
Sometimes the issues a house has either aren’t fixable or will cost a boatload to repair, which might not make it a worthwhile investment. Drew and Jonathan said they once had a client who didn’t investigate the foundation and structural issues their house had, and in the end they had to take $80,000 out of their renovation budget just to fix the problem! Drew also said to make sure you work with a real estate professional who is familiar with the area and that you can get a quote before you buy the home. “If it’s too expensive, walk away.”
DON’T keep a wood burning fireplace.
Although it may seem like a cool aspect of a home, Jonathan said a wood burning fireplace actually ends up being a bit of a nuisance. “You have to clean it,” he said. “If any family member has respiratory problems, having a wood burning fireplace is not good. And for insurance purposes, sometimes they won’t even insure your house. Electric and gas are better options.”
DO buy their book, ‘Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House’
If you can’t have the real Property Brothers help you with your renovations, at least they have a helpful book that you can buy right here! But if you buy the book, maybe you will get to meet one brother…at least that’s what Drew hinted at! “If you buy our book, Jonathan comes with it.”
What do you think is the best piece of advice from Drew and Jonathan, HollywoodLifers? Are you big Property Brothers fans? Tell us below!