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7 Big Home Remodeling Mistakes

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1. NOT SEEING THE BIG PICTURE. Be sure to take the
architectural integrity of the house into consideration and
ensure that all renovation work be in character with the
rest of the house.

2. BEING EXCESSIVELY TRENDY. Keep in mind that
when it comes to selling a house, timeless work, such as
functional spaces and generally neutral colors in kitchens
and bathrooms, always hold up best.

3. ASSUMING YOU WILL PAY WHAT YOUR
NEIGHBORS DID. Be prepared to pay 5 to 15 percent
more for renovations than your friends and neighbors did
a few years ago.

4. NOT HIRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE. Get multiple bids
from both architects and contractors. Request a minimum
of three recent references and contact all of them. Check
licensing and background with state agencies. Get personal
referrals from people you know and trust, whenever
possible.

5. NOT DECIDING ON THE DETAILS EARLY.
Remember that the contractor may have budgeted only two
months to complete your job, after which time he is obliged
to move on to another project. A delay in selecting your
finishing materials may cause the contractor to stop working
on your house for several weeks.

6. NOT MAKING OTHER HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS.
If possible, home owners should move out while extensive
interior work is being done, in part because some hazardous
materials are usually involved.

7. NOT OVERSEEING THE WORK PROPERLY.
It's important to monitor progress closely and raise questions
whenever appropriate.


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