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6 Home Renovations to Avoid Doing Yourself

If you want to remodel your home, enjoy construction work, and are looking to save money, DIY projects are a great way to go. However, not all projects should be done on your own. If you are a novice DIY renovator, there are some projects you should out right avoid. A lack of experience combined with a tricky project could lead to disaster, including damage to the home, you, with a loss of money and time. Here are 6 home renovations to avoid doing yourself:

  1. Installing a new sink. Whether you want a new sink in your kitchen or bathroom, installing a new sink is not an easy process. There are many details that have to be considered. The type of sink you choose will affect the type of plumbing and hardware that needs to be used. There are different types of materials: stainless steel, cast iron, fireclay, and composite. Sinks come in different styles: single bowl, double bowl, top mount, farmhouse, and undermount. Each of these types of sinks needs to be installed differently. The type of material used will determine the weight of the sink. The heavier the sink, the more support the sink is going to need. Stainless steal sinks are typically the lightest while fireclay and cast iron are the heaviest. The style of the sink will determine how the sink needs to be attached. The top mount is the easiest to install. While the undermount and farmhouse sinks have specific requirements. If a sink is installed incorrectly, you risk having leaks and problems with your plumbing.
  2. Replacing old cabinets. Installing new cabinets is a job that more experienced individuals are going to be able to manage. It takes a person who knows how to accurately measure spaces to ensure that all of the cabinets selected will fit in the space correctly. It seems simple. But it can be tricky. Even more tricky than installing new cabinets is replacing old cabinets. Depending the state of the cabinets, removing them could be quite complicated. First, cabinets are heavy. Trying to take them down on your own is not wise. Second, cabinets have shelving, which increases the danger as shelves can break or fall. Third, if done incorrectly, removing the cabinets could damage the wall holding them up. If you really desire to be a part of renovating the cabinets, consider painting or staining. It is an easy, fun way to be a part of transforming your home.
  3. Repairing the roof. It’s a risky job. While repairing a roof, it is easy to slip and fall. The roof is also a part of the structure of the home. It is one thing to fix a small leak or clean the gutters on your own. But if you are installing or repairing large portions of the roof, it is best to hire a professional. To make a mistake while renovating the roof could lead to larger problems.
  4. Installing hardwood floors. Of all of the different types of flooring to install, hardwood floors are one of the trickiest. There are numerous steps to consider. First, a specific layout of the wood flooring needs to be made. The room has to be measured, a type and style of wood flooring needs to be selected, and a design with precise measurements must be created. Second, the subflooring must be prepared. Hardwood floors have to go on top of a subfloor that has been cleaned and flattened. The subflooring cannot be made of just any material. It has to be a material that is going to prevent the wood from shrinking or swelling. Third, the moisture must be taken into account. Wood is going to swell or shrink depending on the moisture. The flooring will not lay flat if the installer does not lay the flooring down with the right amount of space between the wood pieces. And lastly, the right number of nails needs to be inserted. If too few nails are used to hold the flooring down, the flooring is likely to loosen and come out. But too many nails are going to make the flooring look tacky.
  5. Replacing overhead lighting. If you only plan on changing a light bulb or replacing a light fixture for a similar one, doing it yourself should be fairly easy. Be sure to turn off the electrical system, and then install. However, if you plan on changing the lighting to a new voltage, consider having a professional do it. When you change the lighting to a higher voltage, you are going to need new wiring to keep up with the added brightness and energy needed. The professional is going to know how to be sure your electrical wiring is done in the safest manner.
  6. Replacing a countertop. Kitchen countertops are an essential component to a kitchen. They are used for almost everything: preparing food, serving food, storing spices, holding groceries, ect. Over time, they are bound to wear down. When the countertop reaches a point of needing to be replaced, hiring a professional is the best method. Countertops are extremely heavy. It is unwise to attempt to take off and install a new countertop without a professional. The risk of injury to yourself and to the countertop is high.

When considering whether or not to make a project a DIY project, you should consider the following questions.

  • How much time do you have to complete the project? If you plan on doing the project yourself, you are going to need to make sure that you plan enough time for you to be able to complete it. Overestimate the amount of time that it is going to take. Even when you plan the project out with as many details as possible, there is bound to be something that is going to take longer than anticipated. Hiring a professional to complete the job is most likely going to take less time. These professionals have done a job like yours dozens of times. They have the experience to come in and get the job done quickly.
  • How much money can you spend? Though it may seem like a project will cost much less money if you do it yourself, be sure to price check first. If you buy the materials at a reuse center, you should receive a great deal. A professional is going to be receiving deals on the materials used. You will want to find a deal as well. Some projects are going to take very specific tools. Without the right tools, the job is not going to be completed well. Even when you may receive a great deal on the materials, the cost of the tools may cause you to spend more money than you would to pay for someone to complete the job.
  • How much experience do you have? There is no point in attempting to do a job yourself if you are going to have to pay for a professional to redo the work that you attempted to complete. Renovations can be very intricate work, with specific dimensions, materials, and instructions that need to be considered. If you have never seen or been a part of a larger home renovation, than it is not wise to attempt to do it on your own.
  • What are the risks of you doing it yourself? Projects that involve heavy objects, electrical wiring, gas pipes, or plumbing are jobs that should be done by professionals. An amateur working with these types of renovations runs a high risk of hurting himself or herself. Not only do they risk hurting themselves, they also risk severely damaging their home.

DIY projects can be a fun way to be involved in the renovation of your home, but to make it the best experience possible, it is important to choose the right projects. Creating new home décor, designing storage spaces, painting, replacing hardware are all great methods of being involved in making your home beautiful.

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