A little planning and know-how will help you avoid these common contractor (or, oops, DIY) mistakes.
These baseboards should have been installed after the tile. Why? So the floor would have a clean, crisp finish at the trim’s edge instead of a yucky grout line. To fix this, add shoe molding. It costs about 50 cents per linear foot.
Shoddy Remodeling Jobs — And How to Fix ThemCounter-Intuitive
To prevent abrupt right-angle seams in your stone countertops, discuss seam placement with your contractor. Your best option is to avoid stone with a strong linear grain pattern, such as this one — stone with a speckled or mottled pattern helps disguise the seam. Another option is to create a mitered seam in the corner.
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This light is a shocker since it lacks a watertight, vapor-proof cover. When it comes to bathrooms and electricity, you need fixtures specified for damp and wet locations, and GFCI protected circuits. Work with a licensed electrician to make sure your install is compliant with local building codes.
Shoddy Remodeling Jobs — And How to Fix ThemFlipping Switches
When you group a bunch of light switches together that power different areas, it can cause confusion. To fix, place switches close to their task-specific spots. For example, locate the basement switch inside the basement doorway.
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Whether your thermostat is programmable or manual, it won’t work efficiently if it’s placed near cold or hot spots, such as heating and cooling vents, doorways, and windows. To fix, move it; you’ll save energy while making your home more comfortable.
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While there are no rules for light switch height, they should be easy to reach. That’s why in most homes switches are 48” from the floor. It will cost about $250 to move this one up, but keep in mind licensed electricians don’t do cosmetic stuff. You’ll need to repair and paint the wall after the switch is installed.
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