Planning a DIY Remodeling Job? Five reasons to think again
May 3, 2021
With many homeowners spending more time at home than ever this year, the remodeling market has seen a strong recovery since the early days of the pandemic. All this pent-up demand, coupled with material availability and prices, continue to be a challenge for remodelers and their customers as they work to complete projects.
But it’s definitely worth the wait! Botched ‘do-it-yourself’—or DIY—projects may not only damage a home, but depending on the task, they can put homeowners at a safety risk. Professional remodelers provide a wealth of experience, professional integrity, and the ability to solve design challenges homeowners may encounter during their projects.
Experience on the Jobsite
How many people know what to expect when they remove a wall? Those HGTV remodeling shows feature professional remodelers. A professional remodeler knows:
- How to dispose of the old materials;
- Exactly how much new material a project needs;
- What precise sequence of steps it will take to finish the job.
Professional remodelers understand all the intricacies of their projects and can provide homeowners with a project timeline and budget. Plus, many contractors have specialized knowledge and contacts to get the best prices on materials and labor. As a trained expert, a remodeler has a firm grasp of the requirements to meet city ordinances, regulations, and permits.
Home projects can really add up if people fail to correctly map out all the materials, tools, and equipment needed to complete their projects. Homeowners run the risk they may not purchase exactly everything they need the first time they go shopping. A good rule of thumb is to budget for at least a 10 percent overage for project materials.
Adding a wall or a deck? Homeowners might need permits to complete their projects. Professional remodelers are knowledgeable about the permitting process. Proper permits help ensure the job is done correctly. Avoiding this step can yield negative consequences such as being ordered by the city to stop work and paying hefty fines.
Tools and Equipment
Many homeowners have at least one tool to manage small home repairs. However, new home projects may require specialized tools or equipment outside of the usual toolbox. Specific tools can make the job easier and safer. They could even help prevent damage to your home. This specialized equipment can be costly to purchase for a single use. And while home improvement stores often have tools available to rent, people need to know how to use these tools to avoid injuring themselves or ruining their projects.
Materials and Measurements
People often take on DIY projects to save money on labor costs, but professional remodelers can also help save money on materials. Professional remodelers can recommend the most cost-effective materials to complete a project. Proper training and invaluable experience help remodelers identify the various options and solutions to satisfy their customers.
If homeowners are seeking a well-executed, safe and cost-effective project, then their best bet is to hire a professional remodeler. Investing in their expertise now allows people to enjoy the tangible benefits of high-quality craftsmanship for many years to come.
To find a professional remodeler in your area, contact your local homebuilding association.