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Common mistakes can cost thousands during a bathroom remodel, according to Consumer Reports.


Avoid the seven following issues to enhance your finished project.


1. Don't rush the process. Take several weeks to plan. Curate your ideas on Pinterest.


2. Don't skimp on skilled labor. Leave more complicated installations to professionals.


3. Don't cut corners on key materials like tile that will get the most use.


4. Don't stop thinking about tomorrow. Plan ahead and follow the basics of Universal Design (for aging in place).


5. Don't forget to factor in water use. You might need to upgrade the drain and plumbing lines — and the water heater — to accommodate features like tricked-out showers.


6. Don't buy products online without seeing them in person. In person, the materials might not look like they appear on your screen.




More than half of people rank green and energy efficiency as top requirements for their next homes, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. That means homeowners looking to sell should consider:


Solar panels: Homeowners enjoy a $5,911 resale increase per installed kilowatt, according to the USGBC, which means a 3.1 kilowatt system could improve your home's resale value by about $18,000.


Smart water-leak detection: Install intelligent-water technology that analyzes your home's water use and detects tiny changes in water pressure, according to Phyn.


New windows: Heat gain and loss through windows are 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Department. New windows can be ecofriendly and enhance the aesthetic.


Smart thermostat: More than programmable, they can analyze home-usage trends, make energy-efficient setting suggestions, plus allow you to control your thermostat remotely.