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Our panel of experts answer New Yorker's toughest questions



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Practical advice, tips and trends for all your renovation needs



How does Bolster make money? ...

Bolster is 100% free for owners and paid for by our member professionals. Our architects and general contractors charge their usual market rates to owners and pay Bolster a success fee from every project. This fee helps Bolster design, build and maintain our platform for professionals to win more projects and deliver them successfully. In turn, owners who renovate with Bolster save on average $59,000 for every $100,000 of budgeted cost.

Do I need a project manager? ...

No. Every Bolster project is allocated a Specialist who helps ensure your project is ushered through the Bolster Process as efficiently as possible. Bolster Architects and General Contractors have their own project managers and the quality of our professionals, resources, tools, information and process that make up our platform together avoid the need for an additional project manager.

Can I choose my own architect? ...

Yes. On design and build projects you can select a Bolster Architect or engage your own architect and we'll provide you with the most suitable Bolster General Contractor.

Do your professionals only work with Bolster? ...

No. The volume and quality of projects our profesionals deliver through Bolster coupled with the benefits of our model (e.g. an 81% win rate vs. an industry average of 25%) see them working mostly on Bolster projects however all remain free to work on their own projects.

How long have you been in business? ...

5 years. Bolster was founded in New York City by industry experts in 2012. Our professionals have since succesfully completed over $150M of home renovations.

How long will my renovation take? ...

Allow 6 to 12 months from start to finish. On design and build projects you can expect the design process to take between 3 to 6 months depending on complexity and approvals. The construction phase on Bolster projects typically ranges from 3 to 6 months depending upon the scope of work involved.

How much will my renovation cost? ...

It depends. Square footage, quality, complexity and location all play a part. In 2016 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the min / max / average price per square foot costs to renovate with Bolster were:

Gut Renovations: $223 / $468 / $368.
Apt. Combinations: $414 / $452 / $446.
Rooftop Terraces: $253 / $533 / $381.
Luxury Kitchens: $274 / $548 / $325.
Luxury Millwork: 184 / $240 / $205.

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