As Spring approaches, many home owners kick their home improvement projects into overdrive. Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects have seen huge gains in popularity, stemming partly from a flood of popular home improvement TV shows. DIY can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating too. Before you dig too deeply into a kitchen or bathroom DIY remodel, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have a clear idea of what I want my finished product to look like?
- Do I really have time to finish this project?
- Am I aware of everything I'll need to complete this project? Do I have all those things?
- Am I familiar with building codes and permits?
- Do I love physical labor?
- Will you need assistance with this project? Do I have help?
- Do I comprehend all the safety issues associated with this project?
- Am I familiar with the structural makeup of my home?
- Have I considered the hidden costs?
- Have I considered that a project gone wrong could actually decrease the value of my home?
For anything more than countertop replacements or faucet change-outs, we suggest that our clients hire a professional home remodeler. It's easy to see a contractor as only added labor cost, but that's a misconception. Professional contractors offer you much more. You get years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an in-depth understanding of legal regulations, cost estimating, scheduling, etc.
If you're considering a kitchen or bath remodel and want to look into hiring a Certified Remodeler, let us know. We can certainly recommend a great one!
Excerpts for this article taken from www.nahb.org.
Mon, May 7, 2012
by Jessica Henderson filed under