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Are you getting the DIY bug? Have you been watching HGTV? Before you start remodeling your home in earnest, check out these few Renovation Myths we’ve compiled for you. (See these articles for a more in-depth take on this topic. &


Myth #1: Tearing down a wall is easy. It may be in the way of your “vision,” but you never know the structural support of a wall or the wiring or plumbing that may be hidden in the wall. Before tearing one down, be sure to get it checked by a professional. 


Myth #2: Updating to what’s new and hot is always the best option. Just because your neighbor is telling you it’s “all the rave,” doesn’t mean it will increase your home value. You don’t have to make every trendy update out there. Many trends come and go, don’t spend money on one that will be gone in 5 years! Be sure that what you’re updating are trends that are proven to stay and increase the value of your home. (Click here to read our blog on great trendy upgrades to make in your home.)


Myth #3: Replace worn-out wood floors with something that looks clean and new. Wood floors can be easily fixed up. Tearing them out completely is a no-go! Original wood foors can be worth a lot. They may  not be gorgeous now, but a little TLC can help that! 

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Myth #4: Use the best-quality stuff (most expensive). Getting the most expensive doesn’t always mean a high ROI (return on investment). Many buyers can’t tell a huge difference between granite and marble, so spending over double the amount to get the marble countertops really won’t give you much in return. Don’t spend unnecessary money!  


Myth #5: You can always DIY! If it’s simple and you know how to do it yourself, go for it, but be aware of your capabilities. Taking on a huge DIY project could just mean more money, time and mess, and then you’ll probably just call a professional anyway. Don’t make your job or their job harder. 


Myth #6: Make it up as you go along. Never a good idea. It will not only most likely take longer and cost more, but it’s very probable that you’ll regret the decisions that you made on the spot.


Myth #7: Remodels always cost more and take longer than expected. Be sure to plan out what you want. As long as you plan accordingly and look at costs of things, you can be right on the cost and the time. That is, as long as you make a decision and stick with it. If you’re getting a contractor, they want to finish on time too, so generally they will.  




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