Many homeowners welcome the challenge of taking on home improvement projects themselves and embark on lengthy DIY journeys. This should be commended in many ways for simply wanting to be ambitious and take on such a big project! There are, however, some long-term realities that homeowners don’t necessarily realize until it’s much too late.
Before you embark on your next home improvement project, it’s important to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of taking on the work yourself. There’s a lot to consider aside from just the time you need to do the work.
This blog post isn’t meant to discourage doing your own DIY work around the house, but to give you some pointers and a reality check on certain aspects of it. The last thing anyone needs is a Band-Aid approach to home improvement work!
Here are some realities when it comes to home improvement projects and taking the work on yourself.
Quality and Expertise
The biggest disadvantage or consideration you should think about (unless you’re a carpenter or builder) is the overall quality of the finished work. Many homeowners take this risk but don’t think about the long-term effects of doing so! Further down the line, you are very likely to encounter problems or issues that will need further work, and this will result in a snowball effect. This is the main problem with homeowners taking on home improvement projects themselves and ultimately patching the house up in a Band-Aid fashion.
To avoid the Band-Aid approach to home improvements, it’s important to enlist help from professionals where appropriate. Trades like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, tile installers, etc are fantastic professionals to seek help from for your home improvement projects. Recommendations from family, friends, and neighbors are your best bet for finding reliable tradespeople.
Aside from the end result and overall quality of the work, enlisting help from tradespeople is also taking on their experience in the field. A carpenter that has had 5 years of experience is more than your occasional DIY work at home.
You may even end up with something you don’t want entirely! There are many DIY fail stories out there, and your home shouldn’t be one of them.
Many homeowners avoid asking professionals for their help because of the cost involved. This is perfectly understandable, however taking a large project on yourself may lead to more money spent in the future to fix, mend or alter the work making it even more expensive. One could say that the cost of the project, plus any future fixes would be the equivalent of hiring a professional in the first place.
If you are thinking of taking on a project yourself, weigh up the cost against the hassle factor involved.
Our time is precious, and if DIY or remodeling homes isn’t your forte or in your nature, your time could be better spent elsewhere. Particularly for busy families or business owners, hiring someone to complete your project will save you precious time. I’m sure many of us would rather remember the time spent with family and the memories made there, rather than working tirelessly on the house for months on end.
While this blog post may be slightly controversial, it’s not my intention to put you off embarking on DIY projects! It is to be applauded that many homeowners love to take on the challenge of these projects, but there are considerations that should be taken into account before starting these, as we have discussed in the sections above. If you have experience with DIY or remodeling homes then the points above may not be relevant! But worth considering all the same.
Do you agree with these long-term realities of home improvement projects? Have anything to add aside from what is discussed here? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!