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Renovating a home is a big deal. Renovating a NYC apartment? That's often an even bigger deal, with lots of "only in New York" moments (Department of Buildings audits, co-op board approvals, and so on). We've rounded up some common mistakes that newbie renovators make, so you can sidestep these particular minefields:
Rushing through the plans: Work out your construction specifications in mind-numbing detail before you start; ambiguity is the enemy of staying on track and on budget. And do a walk-through with the electrician, plumber, general contractor, and other relevant professionals.
Picking the lowball (or lone) offer: Always compare contractors and prices, and remember that if someone's quote seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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