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 can be 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 the code 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.
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
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
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
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, having professionals take care of this for you is a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. We’ve never had someone use a good moving company and regret they did. One company we can recommend would be Evolution Moving Company to move your belongings out until the renovation is finished, and then back in for you when done.
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.