25 Sep2017

DIY – is it the right choice?

At some point in every homeowner’s life, the decision is made to repair, replace, or update something. Whether it’s your grandmother’s brass chandelier that’s been hanging in the dining room since 1984, or the green shag carpet that’s been in the family room since 1967, the decision has been made! It’s time for a change!

Cosmetic upgrades can be fairly simple to complete on one’s own and can be done without breaking the bank. It can be fun to make a weekend project out of painting, changing out a faucet, making sure all the doorknobs/levers match, upgrading light fixtures, or even installing a new laminate floor. While some of these things may not add a lot of monetary value to the home, they will help make it more appealing to potential buyers, should you decide to sell. And there’s the feeling of satisfaction that goes along with completing a project on your own. But before you break out the toolbox, you’ll want to think about a couple of things.

First, do you have everything you need to complete the job? There’s nothing quite like undoing your light fixture, then finding out your new one is missing its globe, or its mounts, or wire nuts, or isn’t the right type or size.

Second, do you understand the possible ramifications of what you’re getting ready to do? You don’t want to undo the faucet if you haven’t first cut off the water supply! Likewise, you don’t want to grab a bare wire if you haven’t cut off your breaker!

Third, do you have a plan of attack should anything go wrong? Break a pipe on a Sunday afternoon, need one last tool when Lowe’s closes in 5 minutes, drop a hammer on your toe, you get the idea! You’ll want to be prepared for anything that could go wrong!

If you have major concerns with any of these issues, you might not be quite ready for a DIY project. Damaging your plumbing, wiring, or the like will do much more harm than good and may cost a lot more in the long run than what you would have saved by doing it yourself. You may consider hiring a professional to take care of these projects or maybe you need to better prepare yourself before you get started. There are numerous books, websites, videos, a virtual world of information on DIY projects. Several retailers, such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Floor and Décor provide DIY courses as well. At the end of the day, it’s worth remembering that a DIY project may not be as daunting as it seems at first sight. They can be challenging, fun, and the end result can make a world of difference in your home! 






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