Do's and Dont's of DIY

Dos and Don’ts for Do-it-Yourself Remodeling

According to HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau, in recent years home owner do-it-yourself (DIY) projects accounted for 37 percent of all home remodeling projects performed nationwide.  The growing popularity of cable television channels with programming dedicated to home improvement including HGTV and the DIY Network, as well as the financial pressure of the economic downturn, may be inspiring home owners to take on home fixes and decorating challenges on their own.

For homeowners considering a remodel or DIY project, the Builders Association of Northern Nevada has created the Home Means Nevada Living & Home Expo, September 19-21, 2014 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center. It is a venue that will allow homeowners to explore the latest home products and technology. They’ll have the opportunity to meet suppliers and contractors and make an informed decision about what they can take themselves and when they should hire a professional.

“A home owner should consider the worst case scenario of the DIY project they want to complete and ask, ‘If this happens, will I be able to fix it?” said Melissa Palange, King Bee Construction “If there is any doubt, hire a professional remodeler.”

There are many factors home owners need to consider before undertaking a DIY home improvement project, including:

Time
DIY projects often take longer than expected, and trying to complete a project in the evenings or weekends could mean living with a home in disarray for weeks or months. Hiring a professional means you will have a contract with a completion date and that the remodeler will bring in whatever help is necessary to get the job finished on time—and to deal with any unexpected issues that come up.

Safety
Without the proper training and preparation, using new tools and techniques can lead to accidents—sometimes life-threatening ones. A home owners needs to seriously consider their skill level and experience before taking on a project that require a license, working with electricity, or making structural changes to walls, roofs and floors.

Hidden Costs
Professional remodelers have all the tools they need to complete the work, while a home owner may need to purchase tools that may only be needed for the one project, then sit around taking up space. Also, if a home owner makes a mistake installing a product, they may void the warranty and have to buy new materials to do it over again.

Remember, DIY projects should be fun and suit your skill level. If they’re not, then consider hiring a professional.

To find out more about remodeling your home, visit the Home Means Nevada Living & Home Expo, September 19-21, 2014 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.  The Builders Association of Northern Nevada has gathered the best home improvement resources to help you create the home of your dreams. 

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