What to DIY and What Not to…

As a homeowner, there are home improvement projects that we think "Hey, that seems easy enough, I can do it myself"... THINK AGAIN! Yes, there are some things that you could do on your own but there are some projects that should be done by a professional. For instance, if you think you could change the structure of your home by adding a wall or an addition, that would be like seeing a tailor to perform open heart surgery. The structure of your home is one of the most important things, it is what holds all of the valuable piping and electrical wiring. So if you hit a gas line, I assure you, it is not a good thing! I have seen first hand what can happen when a project is done incorrectly. It ends up costing way more than it would have if you had it done right the first time! I know, I know, its hard to predict situations like that when it might not always happen, but wouldn't you rather be on the safe side? I know I would!

When it comes to projects like changing your bathroom vanity to something more modern, than by all means go ahead! Minor things that don't affect the structural, electrical or plumbing of your home are things that are okay in my book! I will say though, that as someone with property management experience, I have seen what happens when a project is done incorrectly and let me just say, the homeowner regrets doing the work themselves. Although I think flooring and installing new cabinets is something that could be done on your own, I still think that it would be best to get a professional to do them. As a homeowner myself, I want everything to be exactly how I envisioned it in my head and doing it yourself could have some surprises arise that make the project turn out to be not what you expected... which is quite the let-down.

My suggestion? Talk with other homeowners with past experiences and talk to a professional. That's what we are here for, to help make the projects easier on you. People tend to think if they can buy the materials themselves at Home Depot or Menards than they can do the projects on their own. My advice not only as a homeowner but as someone who has seen the outcome of a project not done correctly is to please, think twice, three times about your choices and go with the one that will be safer in the long run because I know that I wouldn't want to pay twice for a job that was not done right the first time! I mean come on, what is the harm in getting a professional involved?

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