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Success R e al E s tat e MAJOR OVERHAUL If you’re in the market to remodel your place, having a clear plan of action and asking all the right questions before you start will help avoid costly and stressful mistakes. TEX T BY ESTRELLITA S. SIBIL A Part of making a house a home is customizing it to your liking. Once you have a vision set on what you want to accomplish, digging down to the details will ensure that the vision for your overhaul becomes a reality and not a nightmare. If you’re planning to make improvements, make sure you understand the many moving pieces involved. Overhauling real estate requires the skills of a master conductor, and binge-watching HGTV doesn’t exactly equip you for the plethora of unseen challenges you’ll face. Does the condo association require approval of your remodel plans before you can commence construction? Do they have an approved-contractor list that you must work with? What hours are they allowed to work? How can you ensure that the contractor delivers the job on time and on budget? Having a clearly identified scope for the project along with a realistic schedule of completion is a must. Don’t delay in picking and sourcing materials like flooring and finishes. They can require significant lead time for delivery and you want to make sure your construction crew isn’t waiting for the Italian marble delivery to install your custom kitchen. Making clear decisions ahead of time will ensure you live in your home happily ever after. And that’s really all that matters. PRIME PROPERTIES Regardless of how nice the views may be from your current office, home is where the heart is. Take a look at these top real estate offerings sure to take your life to the next level. 54 MIAMI $2,550,000 6 BD + 5.5 BA 1.4 Acre Lot Tony Rodriquez-Tellaheche 786.488.6657 MIAMI BEACH $5,900,000 5 BD + 7 BA Bay & City Views Corina Betancourt 954.665.4162 KEY BISCAYNE $3,100,000 4 BD + 3 BA Oversize Lot Ana Somarriba 305.215.1686