May 18, 2012

Steer Clear of These Six Home Improvement Mistakes

Mistakes in any task can be costly; they can be especially destructive when it comes to home improvement. Not only can you end up spending more money, you could damage your home or even put yourself in danger. Here are some of the most common home improvements mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Buying Cheap Materials: While cheap materials may seem like a good way to save money, they will likely cost you more in the long run.  Purchasing a kitchen sink made by a manufacturer you’ve never heard from likely won’t last as long as one installed by a plumber who will stand behind their product and warranty it if something goes wrong after installation.garden window

Going with the Lowest Bid: While this idea may seem like best, it may cost you in the long run.  A low bid can mean you are working with an inexperienced contractor who may cut corners. Carefully evaluate the quotes and make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples.  Are both contractors using the same type of materials?  What type of warranty do they offer on their work?  Are they insured?  It’s important to know that if your contractor  is not adequately insured and one of their employees gets hurt while working on your property, you can be held liable for their injuries.  Beware of a contractor that will not freely offer up a copy of their insurance policy upon request.

Trend Following: Know how funny avocado green toilets, floral wallpaper, and shag carpeting seem now?  While they were trendy at the time, they are both expensive things to fix that date a home.  Beware of similar trends today and stick with traditional looks that will have a longer shelf life.wallpaper

Taking on a Project Beyond Your Scope of Expertise: In an attempt to save money, some weekend warriors believe that watching a YouTube video on how to complete a home improvement makes them an expert.  Certain repairs such as roofing, plumbing or electrical repairs can result in serious injury or death.  Unless you have adequate professional training, leave this to the professionals.

Neglecting to Get a PermitWhile homeowners can view permits as a pointless expense, not getting one for a project that requires it and something serious happens, your home owner’s insurance will not cover the accident. permit

Allowing Inexperienced Family Members to Handle Repairs: While family members may have good intentions by offering to help you out with repairs, unless they have formal training in the project they are helping you with, it may be best to leave the work to the professionals.  Contractors have access to better materials and will warranty their work.  It can be difficult to go back to a well-intentioned family member a year after a window seal fails and ask them to warranty it.



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Darrell M.
Lino Lakes, MN
June 9, 2022

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Minnetonka, MN
November 11, 2021

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Howard F.
Brooklyn Center
October 22, 2021

"Lindus was very professional. Lindus arrived on time and finished in a timely manner. Overall it was a job well done."

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North St. Paul, MN
October 22, 2021

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Circle Pines, MN
October 21, 2021

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Jerry T.
Shoreview, MN
October 21, 2021

"Work was great. Crew did great work, fast, clean up was very good. Could not believe how fast that they did the job. When beyond what I expected. Very good work, great crew. Thank you."

Charles G.
Roberts, WI
October 14, 2021

"Quality product and workmanship, on time, well-informed office staff.  Crew is experienced, and respectful of the property."

Carol K.
Bloomington, MN
April 2, 2021

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Claire C.
Shorewood, MN
March 12, 2021

"We would like to thank you for helping us get this project done. All of the work has been done and we are very satisfied with the results.  The Lindus crews were great to work with and kept us informed throughout the process."

Claude & Brenda S.
Oakdale, MN
February 3, 2021

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Plymouth, MN
December 28, 2020

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Inver Grove Heights, MN
December 12, 2020
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