There's an interesting article about remodeling horror stories that originated on CNN Money. It's called "They Did What to That House?! Remodel Horror Stories" and it addresses homes that have been renovated in strange, and sometimes dangerous, ways—making it difficult and often near impossible to sell the homes later.
From dysfunctional floor plans to bedrooms without any closet space, some of the real-life home renovations discussed in this article really made me think. What were the homeowners thinking?
Some of the mistakes made seem to lack common sense, but—as a homeowner myself—I can understand the rationale, the thought process behind the decisions that led to a project that would later come back to haunt the homeowners.
Maybe the moral of the story is that it’s worth thinking through any remodeling work thoroughly before proceeding. Whether that means talking to a home improvement professional or just getting feedback from friends and family, homeowners should really understand the final consequences of a potential remodel.
Although window and door replacement isn’t mentioned in any of the horror stories, it, too, could easily be one. A homeowner might replace a rotted wood window with another wood window—only to have the same thing happen in a few short years. Or an old aluminum sliding door is replaced with another aluminum door, resulting in cold, drafty rooms and hefty energy bills.
Another good example is choosing replacement windows without an effective Low-E glass system—again resulting in high energy bills, which could have easily been avoided, both for the selling homeowner and the buyer.
The article is worth a read. To see it, visit: http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/111922/they-did-what-to-that-house-remodel-horror-stories
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