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12 Home Improvement Shortcuts That Are a Bad Idea

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Measuring twice is still a thing.

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Doing a little home improvement on your own can be a great
way to cut costs on a project. But you can find yourself having to do a project
over again or in the middle of a dangerous situation if you don’t have a firm
grasp of what you’re doing – no matter how many YouTube videos
you’ve watched. Home inspection and contracting professionals weigh in on some
of the most common do-it-yourself hacks that are a major don’t.

Skipping the permits

Skipping the permits

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Permit regulations vary depending on your location, but they
are often required when conducting plumbing, electrical, heating or air work to
ensure a home is safe. There will be an extra cost, but it’s
worth the price over getting caught doing the work without a permit, or far
worse, doing the work wrong. “The permits

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