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Home Improvement Guide

The best materials and practices for your remodeling project

Published: May 2015

Odds are high that something will go wrong with your next remodeling project. How do we know? We asked our readers about their experiences with 18 common projects, from painting a room to building an addition—almost 30,000 projects in all. How many respondents had at least one problem? Forty-four percent. You may be able to avoid their fate with a little extra planning and patience, whether you hire a contractor or do the work yourself.

   

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