The internet is full of ideas on how to DIY everything, from small ideas to whole home renovations. People are looking for ways to save money any way they can, and going the DIY route can seem like the best choice. DIY jobs may seem like you’re saving money at first, but they can end up costing you much more down the road. While we believe it is good to see people starting to try things on their own (example – fixing a leaky faucet or landscaping), some projects should be left to the professionals.
Most of the “cool”, new, “easy” projects you see on the internet aren’t what they seem. Understand that most of the tutorials you see out there are filtered representations from professionals. Chances are your project won’t look as good as it does in the photos. 90% of the stuff you see won’t add value to your home, and will be a trend that comes and goes with the wind.
Many homeowners who have decided to try to take matters into their own hands to remodel a room in their home have regretted that decision a few hours into the project. A botched DIY project can end up costing you twice as much as it would’ve if you went with a professional at the beginning.
Materials and tools can cost a fortune. Your time researching the proper methods could be spent doing better things. Most DIYers greatly underestimate the amount of time they will actually be spending on researching, preparation and cleanup, not to mention the time spent actually doing the job. The project will likely take at least twice as long to complete if you choose to go it alone.
Mental anguish and embarrassment are bad enough. Remodeling can be dangerous, not only to your home, but to your health. If you’re not used to operating tools or working on a ladder, don’t start now. It’s not worth the risk of losing a finger or hurting your back.
Consider your time. Is it worth it to spend 10-15 full hard-working hours to do something you could pay a professional to do? Is this how you want to spend your free time?
Professional remodelers and contractors can assess the area and help you see what is actually structurally doable. Don’t go knocking out that wall without consulting a professional!
One of our Family’s mottos has always been “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right!” Don’t settle for the cheap looking alternative. Hire a contractor for your remodeling needs.