Home Remodeling: Catch the DIY Bug or Not

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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You’ve watched your neighbor tear apart his house and put it back together again. Seems easy, right? After watching countless DIY shows, it all looks pretty intriguing. But, is it the right move for you?

It’s always tempting to save money and not have to worry about scheduling contractors for your home improvement projects. What your neighbor is hiding, however, is his years of carpentry experience or hours and hours of time spent installing tile. Before trying DIY home improvement, think about what you can realistically do.

Easy Home Improvement

One of my favorite DIY project is painting. While painting does require finesse to do it right–some contractors work for years to perfect their technique–even an amateur can do it “wrong.” If you get wall paint on the ceiling or spill paint on the floor, it’s not the end of the world. You can always touch it up, clean it up, or repaint. The end result can still boost your home’s value in the end.

Compare painting with trying to do your own electrical work. Try to cut out the electrical contractor and you risk a fire. (As this link notes, fires are even more likely when doing DIY electrical after another DIY job. I guess two wrongs don’t make….)

Heating System? Contractor Needed!

The same goes with your heating system and pouring concrete. Don’t skimp on the contractor there. You’re dealing with gas lines, electrical outlets, and heavy machinery. You can always go to a home improvement store “clinic” to learn how to install tile, but you may want to leave the more complicated chores to the professionals.

If you’re looking for an easy (and inexpensive) way to ease into some home remodeling, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that can happen if I….” If the answer doesn’t alarm you, go for it. You could be on your way to DIY home improvement bliss…and plenty of sore muscles.

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