“The house is perfect, but it just needs one thing. Granite countertops would really complete the space. This room is great, but it would be better without that wall. New windows would really brighten up this room.” Perhaps you’ve said these words out loud while touring a potential fixer upper, and traveled down the path toward construction hell. While home improvement decisions can’t always be undone, there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls people face when they’re embarking into the world of home ownership.