DIY Home Improvement Don’ts


DIY Home Improvement Don'ts

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If you are getting ready to sell your home you may be thinking about a home improvement project to raise the value of your home and get it market ready.

The good, the bad and the ugly determines your return on investment.

Plumbing and electrical may be better left to the pros.  A job done incorrectly may result in health and safety risks to friends and family.

An electrical job gone wrong could lead to fire or code violations.  Water damage from bad plumbing work could lead to costly water damage repairs and cleanup, as well as secondary structural damage.

Many cities and towns require permits.  Although you may have the skillset to complete a DIY home improvement job without a contractor’s license, ignoring permit requirements can be a costly mistake in slowing down the sales process.

Investing in a home inspection will provide piece of mind that your work is done correctly and complies with all building codes.  Many a homeowner may not be aware of hazardous materials, including asbestos and lead.  Asbestos requires certified personnel, testing and disposal in a hazardous waste dump.  Lead removal requires proper procedures in its removal as well.

If either are handled improperly the costs to resolve in fines and cleanup can be in the thousands of dollars.

Improper preparation, using cheap material, under budgeting, not planning for the unexpected, and taking on a job in which your are not qualified are just a few of the costly mistakes many homeowners face when getting ready to make home improvements.

In summary, measure twice, cut once, plan ahead and your efforts will reward you in a higher sales price and greater return on investment.


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