You are a new homeowner and already you are considering home renovation shows and DIY considerations for homeowners. This is only normal to want to make your property more like what represents you! Payment of a monthly note definitely merits the right to do as you please with your new investment. Saving money is usually the most important reason homeowners choose to attempt DIY projects. Many Renovation shows advocate that DIY projects can save you money. However, there are a lot of things to consider when contemplating DIY projects. With all the Home improvement and renovation shows on television many homeowners are getting to where they are viewing home renovations a bit too casually. Often homeowners approach projects as just a weekend hobby. If you have no formal training in construction work in regards to home renovation, there is a question to ask yourself. Is it logical to think that the popular television renovation shows are enough to educate you on DIY projects sufficiently?
Do Your Research
It is very important to do your research, as much as possible when considering a DIY project. Most local libraries have copies of various pictorial books with step by step processes for different types of home projects to give you an idea of what you are considering. Keep your ego in check! It will save you a lot of money by recognizing your experience level and using common sense. Be willing to know when you can handle a project yourself and when you should seek the help of an expert. Just because many of the popular television home renovation hosts can complete nearly an entire house renovation for around $75,000 doesn’t mean you can. They can because of there level of expertise and in truth a little help from sponsors to lower retail costs of items to be featured on their show. Often the lack of the same discounts change those numbers for you as an inexperienced DIY rookie. It could save you lots of money in the end to NOT tackle the DIY project you were considering with proper review of the task.
Little Errors, Expensive Corrective Cost
Some of the most costly mistakes of DIY owners are very simple tasks. If you are painting your home for example, it is often considered to be an amateur painter that needs to use painter’s tape. While many professionals can accomplish good results without tape the vast majority will tell you that the best way to get an almost perfect job is to use tape. DIY owners often want to finish the job as quickly as they see it done on television which prompts them to take short cuts.
Television Versus Real Life
Something important to recall is that the shows rarely ever break down the time of each aspect of the renovation. This means the viewers are left unaware of which tasks took more or less manpower to keep them within the time limits of the show. It is also very important to remember when you begin your projects that unlike television shows, you must go and pick up all the supplies after paying for them yourself. Also, you have to come up with a design idea without the help of an interior designer’s input. So that weekend project that you saw on television most likely will be a disappointment when it comes to time required. The DIY homeowner also does not have the multiple staff members that consult to make sure diagram plans are organized to make sure of a successful project that will pass city ordinances. Most projects require permits and inspections to ensure the safety of any structural, plumbing, electrical, and in some cases even outdoor projects such as buildings for storage or decks in some cities. A DIY homeowner must apply and pay the fees of permits as well without the help of staff members familiar with the process.
So in summary, remember projects can be costly and mistakes can’t always be covered with caulk and paint! If a project is within the talents and skills of the homeowner there definitely is money to be saved. Choose your DIY projects carefully and responsibly! An often missed afterthought item is cleanup and disposal of some materials that can be a bit frustrating and time consuming. Remember that some items are considered to be hazardous waste and take extra steps to dispose of. Many communities’ garbage pickup limit certain items so you may have to load them up and bring them to a designated garbage disposal location or pay someone to do so.
What is motivating your home renovations or DIY Projects? Are you considering selling your home and want to spruce up your house to be more appealing for today’s home buyers? If this is the case, take a step back and call me! I take pleasure in helping sellers get pointers on what projects sell and which ones don’t necessarily help with the sale of your home.