Level 5 Tools DIY Tips | January, 2018

Level 5 Tools DIY Tips | January, 2018

Each month Level 5 Tools publishes DIY Tips, a curated selection of articles about DIY and other issues related to home improvement and residential construction.

7 Warning Signs of Problem Construction Clients

Every construction business will face dealing with difficult clients at some point. Beyond stressing you out, working with a tough client has other unwanted side effects including lost profits and missed opportunities.

There are several red flags that can indicate someone might turn into a problem client during the project. When someone displays one or more red flags, consider passing on the job, or charging a premium price to make the inevitable hassles worth your time.


Nightmare Home Looked Nice on the Outside, But Inside Was a Different Story...

Spending $750,000 for a house in a major North American city sounds like a reasonable price, right?

Well, when they say something's too good to be true, it probably is. Check out these pictures of a nightmare real estate listing in Toronto, Canada.


Are Bathtubs Going Out of Style?

When Rajeev Basu was planning the bathroom renovation in his studio co-op in Greenwich Village, designers and architects issued the same warning: Don’t get rid of the tub. He ignored them. 

Changing lifestyles and the demand for more space are now driving some homeowners to swap out their tubs for chic, high-end showers.


21 Ways to Save On Your Remodel

Television program This Old House canvassed dozens of industry pros to catalog ways you can wrestle your renovation costs back down to earth. 

Even if you follow the essential advice, such as building in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get contractor references and check them, and banish the words "while you're at it" from your vocabulary it's hard not to end up shelling out more than you want to, even if you want to pen a check for a million bucks.

These 21 tips will help you keep costs under control during your remodel.


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