When you find yourself facing a home improvement project you might find yourself torn between tackling the project yourself and calling in a pro.
Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement
Do-it-yourself home improvement projects are a great way to improve the comfort and value of your home without spending much money. If you are the type that enjoys physical work, grew up in a handy household, or if you only need simple maintenance or home repairs, doing it yourself may be the right option.
There are vast resources for those seeking to complete home improvement projects on their own. It’s best to research a variety of resources before beginning any home improvement project including:
- Professionals at your local home improvement store
- People who’ve completed similar projects
- Internet guides
- How to shows
Have a step by step plan written down before you begin, and make sure you know how to comply with all current state and local building codes and obtain any necessary permits for your home improvement project.
Also, gather all quality tools and materials appropriate for the job.
The down side of doing it yourself is that you can find yourself in over your head, run into unexpected issues, and even turn a small project into a big, expensive problem.
Be realistic about the amount of time you will be able to devote to a project, and the cost involved. Calculate and additional 15 -25% for unexpected problems and delays.
You may find that the most cost effective, and least stressful, solution for your home improvement project is to hire a professional
When to Hire a Professional for Home Improvement Projects
There are several situations where you will want to hire a professional for your home improvement project.
Hire a pro for large home improvement projects and projects requiring experience and skill such as:
- Laying flooring
- Replacing windows
- Installing a skylight
- Hanging drywall
- Installing countertops and cabinets
Also, hire a professional to handle potentially dangerous projects such as:
- Electrical work
- Working with natural gas pipes
- Any project involving hazardous chemicals
Hiring a Contractor
Always ensure that a contractor is fully licensed and insured before hiring. Find a contractor who can provide you with a detailed contract and description of services before starting work.
The contractors here at Carlton Homes in Santa Rosa are trained and experienced to complete home improvement projects in the most cost efficient way. Our work is fast and reliable. Please review our home improvement contractor services.
Contact us today to discuss your home improvement project. Call 707-544-1791 or click the button below to schedule an appointment.