Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or have several properties under your belt, knowing
which upgrades to do – or not, can sometimes be confusing. Because let’s face it, sometimes
what seems like a good idea ends up leaving you filled with regret. Should you paint the exposed
would trim or sand and stain it? Should you attempt to bring that vintage claw-foot tub back to
life or replace it with a luxurious walk-in shower with all the bells and whistles?

Well, to help you navigate the ins and outs of home ownership, here are 10 things you should
never, ever do.

  1. Eliminate your one and only bathtub. If resale isn’t important to you, by all means do as you
    wish. But if you plan on selling at any point in the future, getting rid of the only tub will make it
    harder to sell down the road because you will turn off those buyers who enjoy a relaxing soak or
    need a tub to wash children and even four-legged companions.
  2. Leave doors on while painting cabinets. No matter how tempting it might be to take this short
    cut, you’ll regret it in the end. Regardless of how careful or thorough you are, the end result just
    won’t look as good as you should.
  3. Toss starchy foods down the garbage disposal. Starchy foods like rice, oatmeal, pasta, and
    potatoes, clump when they come into contact with water. This can clog your garbage disposal
    and plumbing pipes. Put them in the garbage or better yet, in the compost pile.
  4. Plant a tree near your home. Not only do trees up curb appeal, they also provide shade during
    the warm weather months. But planting one too close to your home could result in clogged sewer
    and plumbing pipes and foundation issues as roots push their way through the ground. If planting
    is in your future, put trees that are expected to grow up to 30 feet at least 10 feet away from your
    home. Larger trees should be planted 30 to 50 feet away from a house.
  5. Flush wipes down the toilet. One of the biggest problems facing sewer systems these days are
    so-called flushable wipes. Unlike toilet paper which typically disintegrates after a few seconds,
    most flushable wipes don’t even begin to break up after 10 minutes. So if you want to avoid
    clogs and back-ups, stick to regular old toilet paper.
  6. Update exterior brick with paint. While it might look better, paint does not allow brick to
    breathe. If you can’t live with the look any longer, try brick stain which bonds to the brick and
    allows it to breathe.
  7. Tear out original or architectural features. Unless they are in bad shape, don’t be so quick to
    rip out architectural features when renovating. Not only do they add character, these details
    might help your home stand out from the rest when it’s time to sell.

Is home remodeling on your to-do list? P.C.’s wide range of services includes kitchen and bath remodeling, deck and portion additions, basement finishing, and more. Contact PC Plumbing, Heating, AC & Remodeling today and discover how to turn your concept into a beautiful and functional reality.