We live in a do-it-yourself era: information is at our fingertips, tools and ideas are more available than ever, and everyone wants to try something new. It’s exciting and adventurous and most of us find it rewarding to say, “I did that myself.” But jumping into the home improvement game should come with some well-deserved caution. Here are some important factors to consider before starting a DIY home improvement project.
Unless you have a chunk of uninterrupted time to dedicate to your project, chances are it will take longer than you anticipated. The time frames you see on DIY home improvement programs are not representative of real-life projects. Because these programs are edited for television, they don’t show all of the hard work and scrambling that goes on behind the scenes. If your time is limited and you need a highly organized project with a quick turnaround, hiring a professional may be the best way to go.
Scope of Your Project
Let’s be honest: there are some projects you just shouldn’t tackle on your own—no matter how many HGTV shows or youtube videos you’ve watched. Certain projects—including plumbing, electrical, and roofing—should be handled by experienced professionals. Should something go awry with these types of projects, you could put your financial and personal health and safety at risk.
The Real Cost of Your DIY Home Improvement Project
There’s a saying that goes, “You get what you pay for,” and it’s usually true. Many projects require specialized skills that DIYers just don’t have. If you don’t get it right on your own the first time, you could end up spending more money on your project in the long run. Getting a professional’s help from the beginning can improve your overall result, reduce stress, and help you better plan things out financially.
Help with Renovation and Remodeling Projects in NH
Thinking about taking on a DIY home improvement project? Talk to the professionals at Oxland Builders. We’re a design-build firm that will take the time to learn about your project and give you an honest opinion about the cost and work involved.