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  • Pre-Renovation Mistakes #5

    Ignoring Your Home’s Style


    You bought that Spanish home or that Craftsman home for a reason, because you liked that style. So keep your new design and new build projects within that style. You will thank yourself if you ever want to sell your house.

    Pre-Renovation Mistakes #4

    Forgetting to Update the Electrical System


    People sometimes forget about electric when they’ve been renovating because it’s costly and it’s hidden. You want to walk through the house with the electrician before you start to talk about outlets, where they are, where you want new outlets, three-prong outlets. You want to make sure everything’s up to code.

    Pre-Renovation Mistakes #3

    Not Doing Your Homework


    You have to know what you’re getting into. Even if you’re not doing the work yourself, know what to look for and what your contractor is doing. Know your contractor… are they accredited with the BBB; do they hold manufacturers’ awards or recognition; do they have positive reviews? It’s really important to do preliminary work. You want to be able to have enough information to know what questions to ask.

    Pre-Renovation Mistakes #2

    Choosing the Wrong Windows


    Windows can be really expensive, and a lot of people try to save money on them by purchasing supply chain store windows. Just remember, an expensive window is down graded in price only when the materials have also been down graded. Compare all the sealing methods and qualities, wind penetration figures, and insulation values. If you are looking to save money, never skimp on quality when buying windows. Windows will be the main source of heat loss, wind and moisture penetration. Buying cheap windows will surely guarantee spending more on energy costs.

    Pre-Renovation Mistakes #1

    Buying Cheap Materials


    One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation is that they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for. If you’re going to do it, do it right. If you can’t afford to do it, wait.


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