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Home Renovation Coaching

Confidently Navigate Your Home Renovation

We help people – especially women – confidently navigate the home renovation process.  We serve all types of homeowners from first time buyers, to growing families building additions, to seniors seeking to age in place. 

If you are project ready, and want an unbiased advocate to listen and help you determine whether you are making the right moves along the way, home renovation coaching is for you.

Overcome Your Fear of Renovation

Overcome Your Fear of Renovation

Become Your Own Project Manager

Most homeowners are not remodeling experts. Yet, many dive into renovation without doing any homework. They become overwhelmed when they realize the process is logistically, financially, and emotionally disruptive in ways never expected. 

If you’re thinking about renovating or feeling lost in the process, let’s make a plan. Together we can better define your needs, determine scope, and give you the tools and confidence to help you achieve the best outcomes for your home improvement project.

You Say

I wish there was someone other than the contractor to hear my anxieties and tell me whether my experience is normal.

You Wonder

Am I making the right decisions selecting a contractor? Am I being treated fairly? Is this modification worth it?

You Feel

This project feels out of control - everything seems like it is borderline too much to handle.

You Want

I need someone to guide me - to get me through this and over the finish line.

HardHat Diplomat offers a range of services including planning consultations, coaching throughout the renovation process, homeowner-contractor mediation, online courses, and group workshops to provide support for your major home improvement projects.

Meet Your HardHat Diplomat

Renovation Coach

Erin Helland is an entrepreneur and cultivator of community. She is an experienced commercial and residential renovation coach and board certified home inspector. She created HardHat Diplomat as a specialty consulting service to make the home improvement process more approachable.

Erin has rehabbed multiple properties, created long-term and vacation rentals, and coached property owners across the US through remodeling projects – from simple makeovers to multi-million dollar endeavors. She also supports economic revitalization programs, coordinating public-private community development block grants for storefront facade improvements. 

For seven years, she built and owned an independent coffeehouse in Richmond, Virginia. A cultural enthusiast, she lived several years abroad, has traveled to 40+ countries, and spent a decade working in international education and diplomacy.

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