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30 Years experience should not always be a selling point. There are plenty of unfortunate examples of brand new jobs, even entirely constructed new homes that were done incorrectly. The techniques used 30 and even just 20 years ago have been improved greatly since then. The International Code Council actually reconvenes and makes changes to many building codes every 3 years.
Here are some examples of old techniques that are now not only out-dated but illegal by the current building code standard. Tile floors no longer use wire mesh. Cement boards is now the standard for tile floors not on a slab. 1/2" should be used when possible vs. 1/4".
Tile showers need to have a moisture barrier. Believe it or not showers just 2 decades ago where considered above average just having non-porous tile, thin set, "green drywall" and grout. Since then thousands of homes have suffered from not only mold but structural damage as well. My self being a contractor (13 certifications and 11 years experience) I use something called Red Guard. You not only need a moisture barrier in a tile shower but it needs to be done 100% correctly; Subfloor - then Cement board - then mortar or cement to get a positive draining (in towards a center drain or towards trench drain (trench drains will be the next trend if you ask me) then you need your moisture barrier (preferably not just plastic lining) and then your tile lastly.
These are just two examples. Can you imagine how many things have changed with improved techniques and standards if you consider an entire residential home or unit? Such as, Plumbing (the next new not only trend but standard will be PEX pipe to replace all copper, mark my words), electrical, drywall, mold prevention and insulation, roofing, doors and windows, egress design... and there really is so much more.
There are many things to consider before flipping a house or deciding to do some work your self. Usually jobs are much more involved than people realize. If you want to learn from someone who stays ahead of the curve on standards and up to date on building codes, feel free to contact me.
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