Home & Garden and other DIY networks have created an industry based on homeowners who think that they can roll up their sleeves and tackle some home improvement projects to increase home value. However, just because something can be a do-it-yourself project does not mean that you should necessarily do-it-yourself. You would be better leaving some home improvement projects to professional contractors.
Any time that you are dealing with electrical work, you should consult a professional. There are many safety concerns and building codes for electrical work, so unless you are a licensed electrician, any electrical work beyond changing a light fixture should not be a DIY project. The same could be said for major plumbing work. Water can cause a tremendous amount of very costly damage to your home. Plumbing work that is not completed properly could cost you far more in the long run than you could save trying to do it yourself. Working with a licensed and insured professional under a contract will also provide you with guarantees and warranties that protect your investment.
If there are expensive materials that require installation, make certain that you have the skills needed to install the materials properly. If you are unsure, you might waste far more money than you would have spent on professional installation. If you are willing to pay top dollar for material, you want the installation to be perfect. If you are not certain that you have that level of expertise, defer the project to someone who does.
There are many home improvement projects that are simple enough for the average homeowners to try for themselves, but sometime the tools required to complete the project can be expensive. If the service is available in your area, renting or borrowing tools could be an alternative to buying them that could keep the DIY cost down. If not, it might be more cost effective to pay a professional instead of investing in pricey tools.
Putting some sweat equity into your home can be a great investment, but all sweat with no equity can be a very costly mistake. Acquiring new skills and exercising existing ones can be rewarding for hardworking homeowners, but make sure you only grasp projects within your reach Take on those projects that you can do, but steer clear of those that could end up costing you far more if they are not done right the first time.
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About The Author: Tom Davidson is the acting Director of Sales & Operations for Express Schools, LLC. Since 1996 the companies under this banner have offered online real estate licensing and insurance licensing courses as well as online real estate exam prep and insurance exam prep.