The old saying goes something along the lines of, “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.”
No one can fault the homeowner for wanting to take a DIY approach their home improvement project. The satisfaction of working on your own home and the idea of potentially saving a few bucks help fuel DIY dreams. Usually, that’s fine. But when it comes to major residential remodeling or renovations, those projects are usually best left in the hands of a professional.
One of the major issues that DIYers tend to forget at the outset of their project is that, naturally, they don’t know what they don’t know. They’ve likely never done what their about to undertake. That’s a frightening prospect. They don’t know what lies behind their walls and they’re not sure what to do when they find out. Therein lies their downfall. It’s easy to watch a YouTube video of someone working on their home, and there are plenty of helpful, educational videos that homeowners should check out, but when it comes to major home improvements or renovations, do yourself and your family a favor…call a professional.
Sometimes we’ll get a call from a homeowner who has begun their home improvement project but is unable, for whatever reason, to finish it. This happens frequently on DIY projects. The homeowner get underway with the best of intentions but inevitably either materials get more expensive than were estimated, they run into a technical challenge or they simply don’t have the time to commit to getting the project done. The results are the same: a half-finished project done half-right. Then they call a professional.
Few things in life are as important as the safety of each of us and our families. It is estimated that 20% of all DIY projects in America end in personal injury. Those are not good odds. When you hire a professional, you let him and his staff assume the risk for any safety issues. While it may not see like a big deal initially, just ask the homeowner who ended up in the emergency room how he feels now about hiring a professional.
Of course, there are also things done to the home that can prove unsafe if not properly. From understanding load-bearing walls and basic architecture, to the floors we walk on, the materials being used and the venting of potentially dangerous gasses, modern and professional home improvement and remodeling is so much more than just a few guys swinging hammers. If you want the job done right, then you need to hire a pro.
Considering these potential pitfalls should at least leave most homeowners thinking carefully about whether a DIY approach to their home improvement project is truly the best approach. It may be, but often times homeowners are better off with a professional who has the necessary experience and expertise to do the job correctly, on time and on budget. Would you really want anyone other than a professional working on your home?