“Contractor to remodel for rental?”

by Prince Of Petworth September 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm 7 Comments

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“My family has a Petworth rowhouse in desperate need of a total remodel to be able to continue to rent it out.

We’ve been looking for contractors but so far have only found companies more suited to end-users and not quality rentals (think long lasting but less fancy finishes).

Any suggestions?”

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  • JS

    So are you just asking for a cheap contractor? I’m confused. All the contractors I interviewed let me pick my own finishes – why would this be an issue for you? If they’re building material allowances into the bids, ask them to take them out.

    • textdoc

      I’m confused too.
      Also, if the house is already being rented and is in desperate need of renovations to bring it up to code so it will pass inspection, that’s a somewhat different scope of work than renovating for functional/aesthetic/etc. reasons.
      By “total remodel” do you mean gut remodel? Do the electrical and plumbing systems need to be modernized? Does the house need to have central air conditioning installed? Is there currently a working boiler system and radiators? How is the roof? Do the windows need to be replaced?

      • PetworthforRent

        Thanks for the responses and questions.

        The property needs a gut remodel. It needs some structural work, electric upgrade, the plumbing is in good shape but bathrooms likely need to be moved or added, no central AC and a boiler with radiators, the roof is in good shape but the windows need to be replaced.

        And then it needs all the functional and aesthetic touches.

        It had been rented to family for years but now we are looking to remodel and turn the management over to a property management company.

        We have a scope of work put together by a property management company that we have been shopping around. Some of the contractors we have talked to said they are more geared toward remodeling for the end-user rather than for a rental property. It seemed strange to us too because we thought we could just pick lower-end finishes. Perhaps we just aren’t asking the right questions.


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