Thinking About Gutting Your House? 11 Things to Know First

While DIY enthusiasts always hope their project goes smoothly, be aware that there can be hiccups, delays, and unintended damage along the way.

For example, there could have been a small gap in the basement foundation that the house inspector overlooked, and when the winter snow began to melt several gallons of water seeped under your newly laid basement floor, which you then had to pull up, dry off and reinstall. Or the plumber you hired used the wrong pipe for your city’s building code and has to repeat the job for a week. (True stories – both happened to me!)

These setbacks are frustrating and daunting, but you know they happen with every project and that things keep moving, even if it takes a little longer.

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