Home Improvement: Should You Do-it-Yourself?

Home Improvement – Should You Do-it-Yourself?

Most of the homeowners these days think or plan for home remodeling projects for one particular reason – to address an immediate need or provide for the future of the house.  Well, any home remodeling project, whether it be a simple replacement of fixtures or perhaps a major addition, it critically involve at least some pre-planning.   Aside from that, there is also a need for the home owner to invest financially for the project.  I am pretty sure that no one wants to become involved in a so-called “money pit” situation.  Are you familiar with it?   It’s actually a series of events in which one home remodeling repair inevitably leads to a dozen unplanned repairs.

Now, if you are thinking of remodeling your house by yourself, knowing that you can eliminate the labor expense and chop a project’s cost in half than hiring a contractor, then you should first take a moment to consider a few important questions before jumping headfirst into a major home Do-It-Yourself project.   Always note that home improvements can be like a Chinese puzzle of complexity, with interlocking portions that must proceed in exactly the right direction and order.   Planning, as you all know, is the key.  So, it is very necessary for you to be clear about your goals, and in the end develop a comprehensive plan for achieving them.

It is also worthy to note that whether you are adding a room, installing new cabinets, installing insulation, or building a deck, spending at least extra little time planning before you actually launch your home remodeling project can no doubt make the process much smoother.   If all is well, then the results are far more successful.  Isn’t it?

Here are the preliminary questions to ask yourself before hiring contractors or investing in building materials:

Is a building permit needed?

As you may know, some of the home remodeling or improvement projects may involve structural adjustments or elaborate re-workings of current electrical and plumbing circuits.  These jobs are perhaps among the most difficult, and maybe dangerous.  They may even be susceptible to mistakes which can be quite costly.  Plumbing, for example, involves crawling under the house.

So, before a homeowner can start an addition, the city department anywhere in the world which oversees private construction projects must issue a building permit.   It is this permit actually that insures that the home improvement plans meet certain building codes, and only those qualified workers will handle the essential rewiring and refitting needs in the house.

Am I capable of performing this home improvement project myself?

One thing to remember here is that even a simple replacement of bathroom or kitchen fixtures perhaps can involve some background knowledge of safety factors.   Also, if you are considering wallpapering and interior painting, then you should know that these are other areas where amateurs do-it-yourselfers may find themselves over their heads.  Given this fact, it is then worth noting that before tackling any form of remodeling plan, the homeowner should first invest some extra time reading some home improvement books or watching videos produced by professionals.  There are also some in-store demonstrations of basic remodeling techniques that are available these days, including some technical support.  Some of them are usually provided at any local building supply store.

Will the home remodeling plan address the actual problem?

When it comes to home improvements, most of the homeowners find themselves in a constant state of instability.   The truth is instead of investing a substantial amount of time and effort in a particular large remodeling project which may resolve the entire dilemma; they tend to form a number of smaller improvements over time.  And, what does this imply is that this can prove to be even more costly to repair later.   Repainting a room will not make it larger, for instance.  Because of this common consequence, sometimes it is recommendable to just hold off on a certain home remodeling plan until all of the necessary work can be accomplished at one time.

Are licensed contractors available for hire?

 Thinking for hiring a professional contractor?  If so, please ask yourself first if your remodeling project really calls for a professional help.   Perhaps it is best to note that a good contractor can be a life saver.  However, if you get a bad contractor, better expect nightmares.  Yes, bad contractors can be a nightmare, especially for the nervous homeowners.

Therefore, be careful of who you will appoint to handle the more delicate home improvement tasks.  If you have a friend or relative, or if you know someone who has recently made home remodeling similar to your own plans, I think asking the contractor’s name and contact information is worth considering.   Aside from that, you have the chance to ask some local building stores for referrals.  Note that most of these stores deal with reputable local contractors on a daily basis.

There is one particular thing that you should know about a good contractor though – He or she is always in demand.  So, if this is the case, then you may want to plan your home improvement plan around his or her schedule.   But please, when it comes to hiring contractors, try not to allow impatience to be your guide.   Always think that there may be a very good reason why a certain unknown contractor is available right away.  After all, there is always a purpose and a reason for everything.