When it comes to home improvements many do it yourselfers see something on TV or in a magazine and think “I can do that”. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not have the skills or the time to complete a do it yourself job the right way. In fact, many do it yourself projects require the help of a professional. When it comes to home improvements it pays to be realistic.
Just because something appears to be easy doesn’t mean the average home owner is prepared to complete the task. So, what jobs can a do it yourselfer tackle on their own, and when should a professional be called? It all really depends on the project and the person working on it. Here are some tips on do it yourself home improvements and when you should seek professional help.
With the explosion of reality television has also come numerous home improvement shows aimed at the do it yourselfer. Home improvement magazine publishing has also grown over the last decade adding to the popularity of do it yourself projects. Even home improvement chain stores hold classes for the do it yourselfer where instruction, and sometimes materials are provided. Many small projects can be completed with ease by the average homeowner, but those requiring a certain level of skill and knowledge should be left to a professional. The truth is, many projects that seem like a do it yourself kind of job actually require a professional.
Sometimes it is best to hire a professional contractor, electrician, plumber, or builder when it comes to home improvements. Most homeowners can complete do it yourself projects like painting, hanging shelves, and changing hardware or fixtures. Before starting any do it yourself home improvement project consider the skill it will take to complete the project. You may be able to rip out tile, but do you know how to properly install it?
You might want to hang a new chandelier in the dining room, but do you know how to wire electric? You may think replacing the bathroom vanity and/or toilet will be easy but you may not know a thing about plumbing. If you don’t have the knowledge or skill to complete a job correctly and safely you should call a professional.
Generally speaking, major home renovations, electric, and plumbing should be completed by a professional. Starting a do it yourself project and doing it wrong may end up costing much more in the future. It is usually more expensive to have something fixed than to have a professional come in and do it right the first time. You don’t want to start a home improvement project and get halfway through it only to realize you have no idea what you’re doing. When do it yourselfers run into trouble the home improvement project they began usually ends up incomplete or incorrect. Both situations can cause issues that may put your property and/or safety at risk.
Home improvement jobs that require permits and regular inspections should be completed by a licensed and insured professional. Hiring a professional will also save time and in some cases will save you a lot of money in the long run. Don’t expect to be able to find an answer online whenever you run into trouble with a home improvement project. Besides that, most people have no idea what they are talking about and may lead you to further complications with the do it yourself project. Professionals have to follow codes set forth by your town and state concerning home improvements, and in the end the finished project will be completed with quality.
Before starting any home improvement project, carefully consider the skill, knowledge, and cost required to get the job done. If you haven’t performed similar work to the home improvement project you are considering, leave it to a professional. When hiring a professional to complete home improvement projects, participate as much as possible. By participating you can learn how to complete do it yourself projects the right way, gain knowledge, and gain skill so you can do it on your own next time. By lending a helping hand you may also save money on labor costs.