DIY Home Improvements That Aren't Worth the Savings
While there's a DIY solution for most home improvement projects, sometimes it's better to leave things to the professionals. Taking on renovations or remodeling yourself can certainly save you more cash, but not if you run into problems during the build.
If you're not an experienced contractor or if you're unsure of how to spot potentially huge problems, you could end up paying twice — once for your own work, and again for someone to fix it. Here are a few home improvement projects that are better left to the professionals.
Replacing or Adding in a Deck
An outdoor living space doesn't feel the same without a deck. If you don't already have one, a deck can go a long way to significantly increase the value of your home. For homeowners who do, you may want to consider replacing yours, especially if it's gone through some wear and tear.
You can try to do this on your own by watching YouTube videos or searching the web but depending on how much you want to repair, you may be better off letting professionals handle it. With a project as large as a deck, the risk for physical injury and doctor visits goes up — especially if you're not used to doing too much manual labor. This is on top of needing to make sure you purchase the right amount and kind of materials, making sure the deck floor is level, and ensuring everything is structurally sound and able to support the grill, table, and guests you plan to have out there.
In many cases, getting a contractor to do everything correctly the first time is worth paying extra for. One simple mistake and you could be left with a hefty bill for repairs.
Building an Addition
Adding a whole new room to your house is a major undertaking. It involves tearing down a wall, building out the roof, and more. But before you take a sledgehammer to that wall, you need to figure out if it's load bearing and what could be behind it. If there's wiring or pipes and you have no clue how to handle those, then hiring a contractor makes sense.
Don't forget that if you're adding a room, you'll need to get permits from the appropriate officials. A contractor should have extensive knowledge on these matters, so often it can better to leave that process to them. If you start building an addition yourself and your local government won't allow such changes, you may have to tear them down — costing you more in the long run.
Replacing Kitchen Cabinets
Unless you're just painting the kitchen cabinets, a kitchen remodel is one of the most complicated and costly home improvement projects. If you want to completely gut the kitchen and replace it with new cabinets, it pays to enlist the help of a professional. This person can take a look at what your needs and wants are (like maximizing your storage space) and work in custom options to suit your needs.
Even if you don't intend on purchasing custom cabinets, hiring someone to help you install them can help you stress less. Think about how much time you'll save by having professionals hammer in nails and screws in the right place and handling the cabinet assembly.
DIY home improvement shortcuts can be useful if it's the right project, but leave the major ones to the professionals. If you're unsure, you can always seek the help of a trusted professional or even a contractor friend to get their honest opinion.