The risks of DIY home remodeling

The Risks of DIY Home Remodeling

Give up on the idea of DIY home remodeling and let the pros do their thing. Alt text: basic home remodeling tools laid out on a table

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There are many different appeals to DIY home remodeling. For instance, the idea of saving money that you would otherwise spend on professional assistance. On the other hand, very often, it is not even about the money. Maybe you just have a sense of pride in your work or find it fun to do things on your own and under your own terms. Unfortunately, the DIY approach to home remodeling easily turns into a costly problem, more often than a crafty way of saving money. “But the numerous online tutorials make it look so easy and fun, don’t they?”Our advice is not to get caught up in DIY home remodeling. If you are wondering why, here are a few scenarios and facts.

Saving money with DIY home remodeling is an illusion 

What will tempt you from the start is not having to pay big bucks for professional support. DIY sure would be great, but we are afraid that you might be missing the big picture. The damage that you can make during remodeling can cost you a lot of money later down the line. Surely, you might think that a burst pipe or something similar will never happen to you. However, do not be so sure. In case something goes sideways, you will be forced to hire pros to fix the problem. So, you might end up paying for the renovations that you wanted to do and for fixing the mess that you have created. Are you still willing to gamble? This sounds like double trouble.

How familiar are you with laws and building regulations?

There are many building codes, approvals, and permits that you just do not know about. On the other hand, your hired contractor will know everything that is needed. Which is understandable, since that is a part of his or her job. 

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It might even happen that you do everything correctly and renovations turn out perfectly. Everything might seem just fine until one day you decide to sell your property. At that moment, you and your buyers might come to a realization that the proper rules and laws have not been followed. Consequently, a few things can happen:

  • The sale of your property might be seriously delayed;
  • The price of your property might be diminished;
  • You might have to invest more into the property and go back to the original state when everything was done properly and according to active laws and codes.

Do not forget about laws and codes. Some remodeling ideas might not be allowed. Alt text: two pieces of paper  with the words ’legal’ and ’illegal’ written on them

Safety hazards 

There are many different things that can be done within a home with the goal of remodeling. Many of those activities can be extremely dangerous. During some, you can get seriously hurt. For example, if you are not equipped to use certain power tools, you can injure yourself severely. Also, some mistakes during remodeling can be fatal. It is not unheard of that people get struck by electricity and die. Therefore, you should take this seriously. DIY home remodeling can endanger your wellbeing because you are not an experienced professional. A professional will know how to protect him/herself, use proper tools and how to react if something unexpected happens.

DYI home remodeling can end up diminishing your home’s value 

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There are two main reasons why people decide to renovate their residences. First, they might need extra comfort and space. Also, they might want to beautify and renew something within their homes. This way they can enjoy their home even more. After all, we are all looking for that home sweet home vibe. Second, some people want to remodel and renovate to up their property’s value. This is where you need to be extremely careful with DIY home remodeling. Are you certain that you can do such a great job that the property price will escalate? It is important, to be honest with yourself. Unless you have previous experience or the job is super simple, leave the remodeling to professionals. Otherwise, do not be surprised if you accomplish the opposite of what you were aiming for.

Many of us want to renovate our homes so we can get a more modern interior look. Alt text: a white living room with lots of natural light

Your home is your biggest life investment 

This is more of a reminder. For most of us, our homes are our biggest life investments. Not only in the finance department, but in the emotional department as well. Some of us more, some of us less, but we all have invested money into our homes. Also, we have invested a lot of energy, emotions, memories, etc. Don’t play with your investment. Think about it. Are you really ready to risk your biggest investment for an opportunity to save a small amount of cash?

Don’t get overconfident 

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Painting your fence once in ten years doesn’t make you a remodeling expert and professional. This doesn’t mean you should dive into DIY home remodeling. If you are overconfident and you start working on a complex project, you might regret it letter on. You might know how to do basic things and be ready for the expected. However, you are most certainly not ready for the unexpected, so do not even go there. Everybody should just stick to what they know. So, let the pros handle the more complex remodeling projects. Also, if you need moving assistance or storage during remodeling, you should contact Evolution Moving Company NB to move your belongings out until the renovation is finished.

Whatever decision you make on home remodeling, we wish you to get exactly what you wanted and planned. Everybody should feel wonderful under their own roof. Alt text: tulips and a ‘sweet home’ sign next to them

You can’t do a precise calculation of all the costs 

Since you aren’t a professional, you will not be able to accurately identify and calculate all the costs. Therefore, you will not know your budget and you might overpay your remodeling. You can only assume what is needed and how much it costs. Since we are talking about your home and property, it is better not to assume but to always act only based on certainty.

In the end, we sincerely advise against DIY home remodeling. When all is said and done, it is more likely to do something harmful to your property than to better it. If you do not have the needed budget, it is better to delay the renovations until you can save up more money. The most important thing is to be realistic and to realize that this is one gambling game that you shouldn’t play.

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Remodeling Can Help Increase Home Value

Maybe you have plans to move from your current house soon; maybe you don’t. If you don’t have plans, you never know when you might have to move for work or other reasons. Either way, keeping in mind these few tips when doing a renovation can increase home value.  Even if you never move again, doing a home remodel can simply provide upgrades, which is of great value to you.

Small Things

Doing small and simple upgrades in your home can go a long way. Changing a paint color or updating the hardware on your cabinets in the bathrooms or kitchen can make a big difference. Always keep your yard and house clean. Even adding a tree or a few flowers in the yard will show that your house has been taken care of. The curb appeal can have a large impact on most people.

Energy Efficiency

Consumer Reports stated: “Lowering your home’s energy costs will save you money for as long as you live there and is expected to be a major selling point down the line. Indeed, “energy-­efficient” was second only to “safe community” on the list of attributes that would most influence a purchase decision, according to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders.” It can be as simple as switching to all LED lights, getting a smart thermostat, or Energy Star certified windows. These things can benefit you if you continue to live in your house, and they are a great selling point for home buyers if you decide to move.

Bathroom

Bathrooms have a lot of wear and tear because they are used so frequently in the home. The two rooms that can make or break a home sale are the kitchen and the bathroom. You can update tile, get a new vanity, and add a fresh coat of paint all for a relatively cheap price, but for a great return. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you only have one bathroom in the house, it will be a great investment to add a bathroom rather than to redo the current one that you have. Either of these ideas is an important way to increase home value.

Kitchen


According to DIY Network, “Hands down, one of the biggest returns on investment comes from a kitchen remodel. Most experts agree that if you plan on updating only one room in your home, it should be the kitchen. Large, open kitchens have become the social hub of the modern home. High-end touches like granite countertops, richly stained custom cabinets and energy-efficient stainless appliances are the gold standard in modern kitchens. Experts agree that kitchen remodels return an average of 80 to 85 percent of every dollar spent. You can expect an even higher return if you are remodeling a really outdated kitchen.” The kitchen is a great place to consider remodeling because whether or not you plan to sell your house, it is the place in the house that brings people together. Anytime visitors are at your home, you will have the space and capacity to entertain, and prepare and serve food.

Increase Home Value

Whether considering an upgrade or a move, keep these ideas in mind. According to US News, “Remodeling from the perspective of looking at it from an investment strategy is a terrible model. What we can’t quantify is the value of lifestyle.” If you do the upgrades than you know you would appreciate while living in your house, that is the type of remodel you should do in the event that you may need to move. Your lifestyle is likely to speak similarly to another person’s lifestyle. Following this strategy is the best way to increase home value.

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Why Professional Experience is Important for Home Remodeling

Making the decision that it’s time to do some remodeling to your home can be scary. Deciding which rooms or areas you would like to remodel is stressful. It takes a lot of planning and a lot of research to decide where and how to accomplish your home remodeling goals. Hiring someone with professional experience to help you is one simple way to ensure a fast and successful outcome. The following are some reasons why hiring a contractor with professional experience is important.

1. Budget

Someone with professional experience will know how important it is to keep within the budget that both parties agree upon. Some home owners have to scrimp and save for years to be able to afford a remodel they desire. After expressing home remodel goals, a contractor with professional experience will be able to inform you how closely they will be able to stay on budget. They can make suggestions about ways to save money in certain places in order to ensure that everything on your checklist gets accomplished. They can advise you about what is realistic for the things you’d like to change in your house with the budget you would like to stay within. With their many years of professional experience, we know what materials will last, and end up saving you in the long run. We can help you with a budget that works for you with

2. Knowledge

In many cases, you know that you want to change a certain area or room in your home but you don’t know how to change it. In other cases, you have a vision of what you want to change in a particular area but you’re not sure how it can be accomplished because of layout or surrounding area issues. A contractor with years of professional experience has this knowledge because he or she has seen many different house layouts and designs. We can help guide you and give ideas about how you can fulfill those dreams.

3. Efficiency

Being able to accomplish home renovation tasks in a certain timeline is extremely important. Someone without professional experience will require much more time to complete a home remodel because they will be learning how to do things on their own as they go along. On the other hand, someone with years of professional experience will be able to breeze through tasks because they have done similar remodels many times before.

4. Skill

Having skills should be the most important contractor characteristic to a home owner who is looking to hire one. Only an experienced professional will have the skill necessary to do the job correctly. Practice makes perfect, and they have lots of practice! We have all heard the horror stories about a home remodel gone wrong because someone didn’t have experience in what they were doing. Don’t let that happen to you. A contractor with professional experience is a good way to avoid that type of situation.

Lone Star Remodeling has 35 years of experience with construction and remodeling. Our team will make the process simple and stay within your budget and timeline. We have the knowledge and skill to complete small, easy tasks or complete room or whole home make-overs. Let us know what you need and we will be happy to help you accomplish your home remodeling goals.

Home Remodeling: the best choice

Home Remodeling: Why it’s the Way to Go

You’ve lived in your home for many years. When you first built or bought your house, it was immaculate.  In 1982, dusty blue carpet, mauve cabinets, and floral pastel wallpaper were trendy. Now those trends are outdated. The thought of doing any type of home remodeling scares you. But you want to love the way your home looks as well as it’s function. You can’t even imagine your house in the country home style that you see in magazines. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you should use your time and money to update your house or to try to search for the home of your dreams elsewhere. We love remodeling, so we can think of a few reasons why you might need to do a home remodeling.

Your Current Situation Has Changed

Whether or not you’ve lived in your home for 20 years or 2 months, you love it. You chose it, whether you built it in 1982 or bought it in 2017. The area is prime and you love the neighbors that you have. A great floor plan can go a long way. Maybe you saw your children take their first steps in this house. Or maybe it is your first home as a married couple. You chose it because it was affordable and the perfect size for your current situation. Whatever the reason, you’ve developed an attachment to your house.

However, now your kids are grown and moved out. The once perfect size and layout aren’t so perfect anymore. You want to turn the kids’ room into a sewing and crafting room. Or maybe you want to turn an old playroom into a man cave with the perfect TV and sound system.

Maybe you’ve never had the means to have something on your dream home list and now you do. You’ve always wanted a back patio to enjoy summer nights and barbecues but you’ve never been able to afford it until now.

Your situation could be that now you’re just starting to have kids. You need to turn a craft room into a baby nursery or a man cave into an office. Life changes and you have to change your house to keep up with it.

You Want to Make it Your Own

Forbes spoke with Architect Mark Demerly who stated that he’s noticed more and more people who are fixing up their homes with the intention of living in them for a longer period of time. Maybe your house isn’t even outdated, but it’s just not your style (whether or not it was when you first bought it). Maybe you want built-in bookcases, fresh new paint, or French doors going into your study. You want to put your own stamp of “YOU” on it. You want to feel comfortable in your own house and live in it for a long time.

Moving is Harder than Home Remodeling

Even though it may not seem like it, moving may actually take more time, effort, and money than a home remodeling. First, you have to search for the perfect home. This could take months. Even then, you might have to settle for something that might not include everything on your dream home checklist. You could also build your dream home but it can also take months to find land, design, and build your home. It can also be quite expensive to pay for that dream checklist. In either scenario, you’ll have to leave your quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors and friends. You might even have to find a new job depending on how far you have to go to find everything on your checklist. Starting life all over is harder than just changing a few things in your current house.

Home remodeling doesn’t have to be a scary thing. We can help you with all of your remodeling needs, whether it’s because you have recently experienced a life-changing event, you want to make your house more your style, or because you love your house and don’t want to move. Let us make your house the home of your dreams.