Do-it-yourself renovations have become undeniably popular. Is this due to economic reasons or have they become a weekend hobby? Diving into projects yourself can be fun, with hammer and saw in hand, but proceed with caution. Renovation specialists advise against DIY handy people doing everything themselves. Here are a few examples of renovations that are worth doing yourself and which ones are not.
Choosing to refurbish and reuse furniture is an excellent initiative, whether it be a family antique, an object found at a garage sale or a piece with sentimental value that has lost its lustre. Doing so will save you money and create a unique item for your home decor. You can find numerous online tutorials that explain how to easily restore an old piece of furniture for example. You can also replace kitchen cabinet hardware or use old wood to build an old-fashioned shelf. It’s even very fulfilling! 🙂
Plumbing and electrical work require specific knowledge. Carrying out plumbing or electrical work on your own may lead to disaster. Electrical work is downright dangerous. It is therefore recommended to hire a certified electrician with years of training and experience. If you were to do electrical work yourself and a fire resulted from this work, your home insurer may refuse to cover the home damage costs. Although less dangerous, plumbing work can be costly if it is not carried out properly – a very small leak can cause significant damages that will require further repairs. I have seen this far too many times. Contact me, I know reputable plumbers and electricians!
Applying a new coat of paint is one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest ways to refresh a room’s appearance instantaneously. However, to obtain professional results you must take the time to meticulously place masking tape where needed to get an impeccable finish and clean lines. If you don’t feel up to the job, I know an amazing painter!
Professionals use specialized tools to install new windows correctly and safely. Installing them yourself could cause you many worries. Think twice before starting renovation projects.