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Buying a house is likely to be the largest investment an individual will ever make. Because of that fact it is wise to continue making regular investments in the home to maintain and grow its value. A home that is up to date in style and decoration is one that is worth more when the time comes to sell, and in addition it will improve the inhabitants’ quality of accommodation and lifestyle.
There are a number of improvements that can be made to a home, some of which are essential while others may simply boost value or appeal. Whether a family has just moved in or the occupants want to give an old home a fresh, new look, home improvements don’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are plenty of things a DIY enthusiast can do easily and quite affordably.
The trick to succeeding at DIY home renovations is to be smart about the project. All too often, homeowners make the mistake of biting off more than they can chew when it comes to DIY renovations. In an effort to make the renovations as enhancing and rewarding as possible, keep these simple guidelines in mind:
There are Some Things for Professionals Only
Sure, a DIY home renovation project can be a satisfying experience since it allows the homeowner to make improvements they want to their own liking, on their own schedule, and on budget, however, there are just some things that should be left to the professionals. What one can do or what to avoid depends primarily on how safe the project is, the cost, and one’s experience.
For most homeowners, plumbing is not their profession so anything beyond unclogging a toilet or fixing a kitchen drain should be saved for the plumber. Damaging the existing plumbing can lead to expensive repairs and a big mess. Plumbing that isn’t properly tested can cause water damage that might even lead to health problems such as mildew and mold.
Electrical renovations should also be left to the professionals. There are so many different electrical codes that even many electricians have a hard time keeping up. Improperly installed electric fittings can cause a fire and might be dangerous to anyone in the home. An amateur should not attempt installation of electrical wiring.
DIY projects that require professional assistance aren’t only on the inside of the home; inexperienced homeowners should also avoid attempting repairs to a roof. Aside from being very dangerous to the person climbing on the roof, improperly completed roof renovation projects can compromise the integrity of the building’s waterproofing.
DIY Home Renovations Anyone Can Do
While there are a number of home renovations that only professionals should handle, quite a few exist that almost anyone can do, regardless of experience. It just takes a little preparation and some research.
Improving the flooring in a home can drastically improve the look, feel, and value of a residence. Those who prefer carpet can easily pull up and replace it without the help of a professional team. For homes already fitted with hardwood floors, a simple refinish may do a world of good. ProSource floors are a great solution for those who want to refurbish their floors on their own.
Painting is another easy yet effective DIY home renovation. A fresh coat of paint can give any room within the home a whole new look. However, the key is to be careful with trendy or bright colors: if the house is going on the market, the best bet is to stick with neutrals.
Another way to freshen up the house is to replace the hardware throughout. Consider modern new doorknobs, updated faucets, and chic handles for the cabinetry. All of these can be traded out easily and without spending a significant amount of money.
Just remember, one of the biggest mistakes when embarking on a DIY home renovation project is to not have a plan. Take some time to think about what needs to get done, if a professional is needed to do all or some of the work, and what the budget will be. Having a solid plan before you start your renovations will help ensure that they bring you just as much enjoyment and financial return as you hope they will.
About today’s author: Dave Stephenson is a dedicated internet blogger that loves to write about lifestyle and the world, covering topics including family, health, and pets, all the way through to technology, media and travel.