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Raising the Roof Monica Higgins' secret to earning rave reviews from customers? Making home renovations as painless as possible.

By Kim Orr

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What: Home remodeling management
Who: Monica D. Higgins of Renovation Planners
Where: Culver City, California
When: Started in 2006
Startup costs: $20,000

As much as shows like Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have tried to educate us about the complexities of home renovations, many homeowners still fall victim to The Money Pit-style blunders: bathtubs falling through ceilings, staircases crashing to the floor. The deceptively difficult process of hiring reliable architects and painters becomes evident only after the carpet is covered in plaster and the walls look like slabs of Swiss cheese.

In 2006, noticing that many homeowners were destined for remodeling failure, Monica Higgins started Renovation Planners to help others complete the complicated and often costly process of redesigning their homes.

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