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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Considering to Waterproof Your Home

on November 16, 2016

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, most people would consider repainting the façade or sprucing up the kitchen and even remodelling their bathroom.

What about waterproofing? Don’t water-resistant walls count?

Remember those unsightly damp walls, wet basement floor and leaky windows.

Does it make sense now to waterproof your home?

Waterproofing may not be one of the top things on your to-do list when you seek to spruce up your home but it sure is a great means to add much value to an existing property.

Unfortunately, some home owners skimp on waterproofing while remodelling their home in order to save their money and time. In addition, many happen to take the step but end up making mistakes that put their safety and home at risk.

Stated below are three such slip-ups you must avoid when considering waterproofing for your home.

Don’t do it yourself

The easily available DIY waterproofing kit at a nearby home remodelling store may tempt you to carry out the job on your own. However, you need to understand, no matter how practical and affordable it seems, waterproofing is probably not a DIY kind.

It might save you some dollars initially to not having a professional waterproofing your home, but the lack of inexperience and knowledge of the area will only produce unfavourable results. Also, you could end up damaging your home or assets which might cost you even more than a professional service.

Choosing an ordinary contractor

Hiring a contractor for your home waterproofing needs alone doesn’t ensure outstanding outcomes.

Having only a professional, experienced professional take on the job is necessary to get the most out of your investment. When looking through available choices for local waterproofing contractors, do not settle for the very first contractor you come across. Request quotes from several professional contractors and ask for references from your known ones to narrow down your options to a suitable service provider.

Not identifying your needs

Just a sump-pump or a waterproof paint coating on the walls may be all that you need to protect your home from the brunt of rain water.

However, if you don’t realise your exact needs, you contractor may trick you into getting unnecessary jobs done which they can charge you for extra. To spend your money wisely, ask for a second opinion and substantial reasons for the services your provider suggest to you.

Waterproofing can not only protect your home but save you the damage and unnecessary repair costs that may occur due to water and leaks. Steer clear of these mistakes to keep your home in top condition in the long-run.

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