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Focus Five: 5 Worst Home Improvements


Focus Five: 5 Worst Home Improvements

Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service...

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service...

Dec 11 7 minutes read

This week, Erik & Randal dish about the worst home improvement projects they've seen. Do you have any of these in your home?


Randal:             Welcome back to Stay focused. This week, we're gonna talk about our Focus 5.

Randal:             What's our Focus 5 this week, Erik?

Erik:                 Some of the worst home improvement ideas that we see.

Randal:             So this is the episode where we get to complain about the things that we see out there that we don't really like.

Erik:                 And if any of this hits a little close to home or you think might resemble your home, it's purely coincidental.

Randal:             So the first one is over the top improvement. So I was in a house one time, and it actually was an expensive house, they had AGA stove.

Erik:                 What is an AGA?

Randal:             Meg just looked it up for us. It's a $19,000 stove. It's actually an old style stove that people used to use when they would have to have wood burning underneath. And they had a cook, and the cook was cooking all day. Nobody even knows how to use an AGA stove. Don't put one in your house unless you plan to take it with you.

Erik:                 Yeah, too luxury that most people don't want.

Randal:             Too specific.

Erik:                 Yeah, so number two.

Randal:             Taking away bedrooms for other uses of space that aren't as valuable.

Erik:                 Occasionally we will see that someone'll want a bigger living room, and so they'll get rid of a bedroom. I guess it depends on how many bedrooms you have to start with.

Randal:             Yeah.

Erik:                 But if you have not a lot of bedrooms to start with, to take them away for something else? Probably not a good idea.

Randal:             And just particular allocation of space.

Randal:             And a weird one came up, how about this? Unique roofing.

Erik:                 Yeah, and occasionally we'll see that.

Randal:             Gina-Marie was telling us about a house in Westwood. They brought in a roof thatcher from where?

Erik:                 Ireland.

Randal:             Ireland.

Erik:                 So what'd the new owner do? Came in and replaced it.

Randal:             Yup. Ripped that thatched roof up.

Erik:                 So much for that over the top thatched roof. But even like clay tiles, and cedar shingles and specialized metal, you don't get your return on that.

Randal:             Of course we're speaking to you from New England.

Erik:                 Exactly.

Randal:             If you're listening in California, sorry about that clay tile thing. I know y'all have this clay tile.

Erik:                 It's all relative.

Randal:             It is all relative.

Randal:             Too personal, number four.

Erik:                 Number four, yeah. Too personalized renovations.

Randal:             Like, don't go to China, bring back a bunch of stuff that you're gonna build into your house and think it's fabulous that somebody is gonna love. Of course all of this is being spoken on what basis? Like a resale basis, right?

Erik:                 Yeah, if you love it, you're gonna be there.

Randal:             By all means, go to Mexico, bring back the tiles and do your whole house in them.

Erik:                 But if you wanna sell it, not a good idea.

Randal:             Yeah, be careful with those individual tastes.

Erik:                 And number five.

Randal:             What a big surprise.

Erik:                 Is adding a swimming pool. Here in, again, New England, not a great idea, not a great home improvement idea because most people don't get to use them very often. A couple months out of the year at the most.

Randal:             And they can be expensive.

Randal:             Those are a few of our worst home improvements.

Erik:                 If you have any other home improvement, bad home improvement things that you've seen-

Randal:             Post them below.

Erik:                 -post them below.

Randal:             Give us pictures.

Erik:                 We'd love to hear. Yeah, post pictures. Share it with everyone. We'd love to see them and hear about them and have some fun with it. So thanks for watching, everyone. Don't forget to like us on Facebook.

Randal:             And subscribe to our handy-dandy YouTube channel.

Erik:                 And until next time, Stay Tuned and Stay Focused.

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