In this new age of revolving technology, it is very easy to get access to numerous step-by-step instructions and DIY solutions for completing almost any project – especially home improvement ones. With online access, all you need to do is type “how-to ____” in your preferred search engines or video sites and you’ll immediately be given hundreds of results from different sources and suggestions as well.
But just because a great step-by-step information is there, does not mean that it is the best option and something you should be doing yourself. The truth is, reading or seeing a how-to video of something and actually doing it yourself can be very different things.
Before ever making a decision on taking by a project yourself, make sure you have and remember these things first.
Be Completely Honest with Yourself
Every project should start with this, and this is the best way to avoid unwanted home improvement disasters. Nobody knows you better than yourself, so be completely honest with yourself about your skill set (weaknesses and your strengths). For instance, if you can’t handle heights or a fear of it, then don’t do the re-roofing yourself. It might just end up giving you more problems than improvements.
Check Current Building Codes In Your Area
In many areas, similar building codes are imposed. But take note, similar and not exactly the same. Make sure you are fully aware and understand your local or country building codes to ensure that your remodeling project will not pose future problems on your end. If you make the projects yourself and fail to comply with the given codes, you could be fined and might just put you and your family in danger.
Cost and Time
Come to think of it, deciding to go DIY is mainly driven by money or budget. But what others mostly forget about is the time factor. As said by many, time is the only truly limited resources in the world. Going DIY will more likely take much longer time than hiring a professional. How much will be sacrificed for every hour you spend doing the project yourself? What is that time worth to you?
Things that are better left to the Professionals
Doing DIY projects are great and there are a lot of great DIY projects out there. But to avoid potential disasters with your home improvements, it might be best to leave these things to the professionals (unless you are one yourself):
• Electrical Repairs or Installation – Electrical jobs are extremely dangerous; improper connections can lead to groundings and electrical accidents. Leave this to professionals, but make sure they are licensed and qualified as well.
• Heater and Air Conditioning Repair – An HVAC project involves a lot of dangers because not only does it have electricity involved, but natural gas as well. This means that there are a lot of potential if you don’t know what you are doing.
It is not our intention to discourage you from doing DIY’s because we understand that there is a great deal of satisfaction with a job well done (and extra savings). But to avoid home improvement disasters, it is best to be smart.