DIY remodeling can be an excellent way to stretch your remodeling budget and get the most out of your investment. But if you’re not careful, what you save by not hiring a contractor you can lose in costly mistakes, damage to your home, or an emergency room visit. In fact, many DIY remodeling projects end up costing more than they would if the homeowner had just hired a professional in the first place. The following tips will help you cost DIY costs down and help you avoid damage to your property or injury to yourself.
Choose the right projects
To have a successful DIY project, you have to start with the right kind of project. Home improvement television networks make even the most difficult jobs look easy through the magic of video editing but larger projects almost never go smoothly. The perfect DIY project is one that doesn’t require specialized training or a license to do it. Knocking down walls, installing flooring, messing around with plumbing or electrical wiring are projects to avoid. Better projects to consider would be upgrading light fixtures, refacing kitchen cabinets, tiling your own backsplash, or installing baseboard radiator covers. Even novice DIYers should with a few basic tools and a little time spent watching video tutorials online should be able to accomplish these projects.
Use the right tools
Some remodeling projects require special tools that the average homeowner won’t have in their possession. When that is the case, you shouldn’t attempt to make do with whatever you do have on hand. Using the wrong equipment will often result in inferior workmanship and you may end up having to call in a professional to redo everything correctly. Using improper equipment can also result in personal injury. If a job does require special equipment, you can compare the cost of buying or renting it versus just hiring someone who already has everything necessary to complete the job. Often the latter ends up being less expensive over all.
Take your time
It’s easy to get carried away when doing home improvement projects and homeowners are understandably anxious to get it over with quickly to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But the more you rush a remodel, the more likely things are to go wrong. Quick work often means sloppy work. Taking shortcuts could also risk personal injury. When researching how to do a given project, opt for the slow and careful approach at every step. Measure twice and cut once as the saying goes and force yourself to work at a slow and deliberate pace.
Before you undertake any remodeling project, you must thoroughly research what it will entail. Don’t use television programs to justify a project that in actuality is very difficult. Once you have done the research, you can ask yourself if it’s something you can reasonably do alone. If you have any doubts about your ability to successfully complete a project, check your pride and reconsider bringing in a pro. There’s no shame in being realistic about your own abilities.