HardHat Diplomat


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Confidently Navigate Your
Home Renovation

We help people – especially women – confidently navigate the home renovation process to create your ideal home. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or seasoned homeowner, we are here to guide you toward becoming renovation resilient!

Guidance Every Step of the way

Home Renovation Coaching

Nervous about renovation? At HardHat Diplomat™, we get that stepping into a home renovation can feel overwhelming! Most homeowners are not remodeling experts, making the process seem daunting – financially, logistically, and emotionally. Our mission? To demystify the renovation process, and champion you through your home improvement journey.

You're Worry

How do I avoid being taken advantage of?

You Second-Guess

Did I choose the right contractor? 

You're Stressed

There are too many decisions to make!

You Want Help

I need guidance to get through my renovation!

Your Unbiased Advocate in Home Improvement

Operating independently from your contractor, we enrich your decision-making process, free from any conflict of interest. Our purpose is to empower you with unbiased advice and dedicated support. HardHat Diplomat coaches homeowners through all phases of a project. Whether it’s a kitchen makeover or a major addition, we are here to help you navigate your renovation with confidence and clarity.


Addressing a Real Need for Renovator Resources

There is a clear demand for supportive resources in the home renovation space. From concerns over being unfairly charged to feeling overwhelmed by your construction zone, our services are designed to alleviate your anxieties. We equip you with the confidence and resilience needed to be successful in your home improvement projects. 


Your Renovation Coach

Meet Erin Helland, Founder

Erin’s journey into renovation consulting began when a water incident resulted in a total gut-job of her home. This challenging experience inspired her to help others approach home improvement with less stress and more confidence.

As a commercial and residential renovation coach and board certified home inspector, she founded HardHat Diplomat to demystify the home renovation process. Erin has rehabbed multiple properties, created long-term and vacation rentals, and consulted property owners across the US through remodeling projects – from simple makeovers to multi-million dollar endeavors.

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Why Choose Us?

HardHat Diplomat™ understands the various challenges of kitchen, bathroom, and whole home renovations. We’ve successfully navigated homeowners through projects of every scale and complexity. Adopting a comprehensive approach, we blend technical advice with emotional support to address your renovation project highs and lows. Our goal is to ease your concerns, ensuring a supported and streamlined renovation experience.

Who Do we Support?

Our mission was inspired by the hurdles women often encounter in home renovation. But, our support extends to a wide range of homeowners who have historically been overlooked. This includes, but is not limited to, seniors, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and individuals with disabilities or health conditions. However, our doors are open to all — regardless of gender or background —who seek expert guidance in navigating the home improvement process.

What People are Saying

Client Testimonials