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Jim Molinelli - the Remodeling Professor

In his career as an architect, remodeler, author, and university professor, Jim has helped thousands of families to improve their homes and improve their lives through remodeling.


His remodeling designs won more than 50 awards and he twice received the Governor’s Citation. Both his Remodel Without Going Bonkers or Broke books were Amazon bestsellers.


Jim was interviewed and quoted in Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, The Washington Times, and the Baltimore Sun among others. His projects were featured in Chesapeake Home, Builder-Architect Magazine, and on, to name a few.

"Remodeling can spiral out of control without advance planning and oversight by homeowners. This lowers project quality, increases costs, and can end in lawsuits.


I help homeowners plan and maintain control of their remodeling projects

so they get dream results that they love to show off."

Featured in:

The Remodeling Professor joins The Contracting Handbook Podcast for an Episode.

Michael Knoche hosts The Contracting Handbook primarily for up-and-coming builders and remodelers. Jim spoke with Mike about why a well-prepared client is so beneficial to a contractor/builder.

They discuss the remodeling industry, costs of work, and how to properly prepare a homeowner for the remodeling process - and other topics from Jim's "REMODEL!" books. 


You can listen to the episode HERE.

Dreaming of a DIY Renovation? How to Remodel
​Without Hurting Your Pride or Your Property

This Daniel Bortz article (posted on September 10, 2020 on discusses the upward trend of homeowner DIY projects as a result of Covid-19. 


Jim was interviewed and quoted with regard to homeowners picking projects that were realistically aligned with their skill sets. 


You can read it HERE.

Remodeling Expert Interview:
Remodel Without Going Bonkers or Broke

How to Remodel Your Kitchen for Less than $25K

This article by Alena Savchenko discusses ways for homeowners to do lower cost kitchen remodeling. Jim's interview was the core of the article and he has many quotes included.


The article first was published on the PennyMac Loan Services blog on January 13, 2020. You can read it HERE.

Presale Renovations Take Off

This article by Daniel Bortz (Jan-Feb 2020) discusses a new trend to roll presale renovation costs into the sale, paying for them with the sale's proceeds. It's hot and growing, but it's not without risk.  Jim was interviewed and comments on the potential downside of this system.


The article appears on and in the January/February 2020 print issue. You can read it HERE.

Jim Molinelli - The Remodeling Professor

This interview with James Woodham aired on his esteemed industry podcast Property Renovation Podcast on 1/20/19. The wide-ranging interview explores the idea of "Selecting Your Ideal Remodeler".


You can listen HERE. 


7 Insider Tips for Finding a Contractor When Everyone is Racing to Renovate Their Homes

This article by Jamie Wiebe (7/2/18) features a number of tips and comments by Jim that help readers find the "right" remodeler!


The article appears on You can read it HERE.

Airy and Earthy: A drab bathroom gets a thoughtful makeover

This article by Julekha Dash (1/25/15) features one of Jim's original designs for a custom master bathroom that had just won a major local remodeling award. Article includes a link to the photo gallery. The article appeared in both the Baltimore Sun and Chesapeake Home magazine.


You can read the original article HERE.

Cover Feature - Award-winning project

This 2014 award-winning project for a whole-home remodel (including the kitchen and the sunroom addition shown in the photo) was also featured inside, detailing the award it won. This was the February 2015 issue.


The homeowners were students in my live "Prepare to Remodel" class and had this to say: "Jim was professional, respectful, and pleasant throughout the entire process, and his cost estimates proved to be very accurate."


The magazine sadly closed their doors during 2016.

Images of the project, and it's story can be seen HERE.

Sales Aid or Hindrance?: How Remodelers Are Using the Cost vs. Value Report in the Slow Economy

I was one of three remodelers they had write a short piece on how we used their revolutionary annual report on Cost Versus Value in remodeling. (11/8/2010)


You can see the digital page of the original article HERE.

A 2nd unrelated use of this post can be found HERE.

Shop Talk: Cool tools, great books, and news you can use.

This regular column featured my book Remodel Without Going Bonkers or Broke. Anne Hammock (3/24/17) accurately represents the book's content and closes with this quote calling Remodel!: "the missing link between your remodeling ideas and the finished product".


You can find this article and read it HERE.

Sprucing to sell, but how much to do?

This Home & Living Section cover article by Lisa Rauschart (1/7/11) delves into the title subject. Jim was one of the experts interviewed and quoted in the piece.


You can read the original article HERE.

From tract to treasure: An Epping Forest home transformation

The story of a unique remodeling project I collaborated on, and for which I won a design and remodeling awards for the interior staircase solution. (11/21/14)


You can find and read the original article HERE.


This was published in the Sunday Sun's Real Estate section.

Make a decision to make your move with a book. (Podcast Episode 12)

Host Kathryn Kemp Guylay invited me on her podcast to discuss the process of writing my particular book, and the motivations for writing it. A lively discussion ensued with several "fun nuggets" extracted to help influencers understand how a book can propel them further ahead on their entrepreneurial journey. Posted in July 2017.


You can listen to the podcast HERE.

Successful promotion of a paperback book. (Podcast Episode 24)

Jyotsna Ramachandran welcomed me to her author-preneur based podcast to discuss my author's journey. We then spent time on book promotion strategies designed to increase sales of my paperback book to help it reach #1 on Amazon. Tips include careful pricing and promoting the digital book compared with the print book, and careful selection of book list categories. (5/9/17)


You can listen to the podcast here HERE.

Media Resources:

Jim's Media-Only Email Address

Jim's Resume Highlights

Media Kit for REMODEL! Without Going Bonkers or Broke