The Worst Home Renovation Advice You Might Actually Try

Dated: 08/22/2016

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There’s a ton of terrific, true, and essential home improvement advice out there. “Measure twice, cut once” comes to mind. Ditto “Pick remodeling projects with the best ROI.”  But “Screw contractors, do it all yourself”? Not so much.  

So before you pick up a hammer, make sure to check this list of the worst home renovation advice you might be tempted to try. Then slowly back away from the toolkit and think twice! Maybe even three times.

‘Tearing down a wall is no big deal’

Why you might hear this: That half-wall into the dining room is just that: half a wall. Tearing it down seems like a cheap and easy way to open up tons of space. They do it on “Property Brothers” all the time! Like, every week!

Why it’s bad advice: Some walls may not look it, but they are indeed structural, meaning they’re holding up the floors or framework above. And what’s in those walls—electric and plumbing—can make ripping into one on par with opening a vat of moray eels.

“Water, drain, and electrical lines may be inside,” says Nancy Dalton of Seattle’s Baywolf Dalton, a design/build firm. Always have a professional determine the implications of tearing down a wall and what’s required by code—or you could be in for “significant sticker shock.”


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http://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/worst-home-renovation-advice


 


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