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  • Why You Should Leave Small Home Improvement Projects To The Professionals

    Posted June 29, 2012 By in Uncategorized With | Comments Off on Why You Should Leave Small Home Improvement Projects To The Professionals

    When you think about completing a remodeling project yourself, think again. With all the remodeling do-it-yourself books and television shows out there, remodeling projects seem like simple, easy weekend warrior projects to finish. Unfortunately, they are not as simple as an hour-long home improvement show makes them seem. Any home improvement project requires proper planning and plenty of expertise.

    So before attempting any home improvement project ask yourself the following questions:

    Have I ever completed a project like this before?

    If something goes wrong, will I know how to fix it properly?

    How much money will I save?

    Do I really have all the instructions to safely perform the project?

    Of course, the small jobs, like decorating, can be done this way. However, rethink any home improvement project that includes making structural changes, electrical work or moving or adding pipes. Completing these projects without a professional can do more harm than good. For instance, with electrical work everything can work fine. You don’t know, however, if there’s a problem until there’s a fire, and removing a structural beam can place your home in disrepair.

    Before starting any home improvement project—big or small—think about the repercussions. If anything goes wrong, you do not have the same protections that professional contractors have, like insurance. You can encounter problems that must be repaired before completing the original home improvement project, even with the simplest projects. For example, a driveway patch repair may sound easy, however, you may be using the wrong materials without realizing it, which could cause further problems with your driveway.

    This is not to discourage you from doing home improvement projects. Small home improvement projects can be fun to do. However, they are complicated and take a lot of work.

    This is to educate you about all the things that can go wrong with your project. Many times, the project’s instructions may not be complete or you may have additional questions. A book or program can’t answer those questions immediately. Besides, would you let an amateur or DIY novice handle your valued investment because they read a book or saw a home improvement show? Why put your treasured home at risk?

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