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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"We are quite pleased with the way our project went. The Lindus folks have successfully managed to instill a culture of quality and customer service in throughout the entire business, which is rare these days.  Everyone we worked with carried that same attitude of wanting to do it right and make us happy. The installation went well and we are very satisfied."

Tim M.
Minneapolis, MN
June 20, 2023

"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023

"Your services and products are wonderful!  (And we have used Lindus three times now). The crews were gracious and hard-working."

Alan W.
St. Paul, MN
May 11, 2023

"I would just like to compliment Randahl for excellent work and customer service skills.  Every time he was at our home, he was professional, thorough, extremely pleasant, and explained things well.  You are very lucky to have such an outstanding employee!"

Vicki F.
Blaine, MN
March 25, 2023

"Great job. Workers were friendly and cleaned up everything when they were done. They stopped to tell me they were ready to work and checked in when they were done."

Carolyn I.
Andover, MN
March 16, 2023

"This company has all ways been honest with us, took care of us and their workmanship is second to none."

Michael N.
Rosemount, MN
March 13, 2023

"Very professional, super quality work, everyone was very pleasant, would highly recommend, will continue to use Lindus for all future projects."

Chuck V.
Chaska, MN
February 18, 2023

"Service and work were excellent; thank you!"

Ron B.
Burnsville, MN
January 19, 2023

"The technician worked very efficiently and put in long hours to get the job done. Excellent work and we were very grateful."

Pam L.
Oakdale, MN
January 12, 2023

"I have used Lindus in the past and they once again, gave me excellent service. They stand behind their products and service. I have referred them to many friends."

Susan B.
St. Paul, MN
January 6, 2023

"We have had them do work at our home before and at my parents' house. They did great work!"

Sue R.
St. Croix Falls, WI
January 3, 2023

"The two young men that did the install were great.  They were personal and appeared very conscientious."

Jim H.
St. Anthony, MN
December 30, 2022

"Always polite and considerate. Last inspection was a quality control and I was impressed with him and his thorough inspection. Great job!"

Irene S.
Bloomington, MN
December 20, 2022

"We had a great experience with Lindus. The communication has been great. When I had a question I received a return email or phone call quickly. When Lindus employees were at our home, they explained what they were doing in great detail, my questions were always satisfactory answered. I will gladly continue to refer Lindus to friends and neighbors."

Roger D.
Shoreview, MN
November 29, 2022

"I highly recommend Lindus Construction. I have used them for three projects over the last few years and they are easy to contact, the people are friendly and they do very high quality work. Don’t hesitate to use Lindus for your next project."

Darrell M.
Lino Lakes, MN
June 9, 2022
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