I’M A BIG FAN OF HGTV and am continually amazed by how many different types of home-improvement shows it produces.
It’s clear I’m not the only fan of those types of shows, and others like me are interested in maintaining and increasing the value of their homes.
While watching these shows-specifically the “do-it yourself” programs-I find it interesting how simple they portray the work of trained, experienced craftsmen and professional remodelers.
They don’t show the hours of planning, estimating costs, scheduling other trades, supervising work as it progresses, working out the unforeseen items hidden behind the walls that always pop up.
I thought it would be helpful from a remodeler’s point of view to odder suggestions on when to know it’s a “do-it yourself” project, and when and why you should leave some projects to the professionals.
Do-it yourself projects are limited by your talents. You don’t have a TV personality guiding you through the process.
And while you may be fully capable of removing a splinter from your hand, wouldn’t you go to a trained professional- a doctor- for stitches or most other injuries?
Also, if a project requires hiring subcontractors to perform any phase of the work on your home, make sure they are properly licensed and insured (liability and workman’s compensation, for example.)
Here are a few additional good reasons to put your potential “do-it yourself” project in the hands of a professional remodeler:
- With the market slowdown, more professional remodelers are making time for smaller projects.
- Professional remodelers have relationships with many suppliers and subcontractors to obtain contractor pricing.
- Federal tax credits are available for many upgrades and renovations.
- You will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing the project is performed correctly.
- Instead of working on a project, you’ll have time to enjoy your hobbies, family and friends.
- Your project will be completed correctly the first time by an experienced professional.
There’s never been a better time to remodel your home. Don’t sweat the small stuff; call a professional remodeler.
Visit the Tidewater Builders Association Web site at www.tbaonline.org, and click on the Remodeler’s Council tab at the bottom of the page.
Chris Ettel is 2009 chairman of the Tidewater Builders Association Remodelers Council and is also a partner in VB Homes in Virginia Beach, a company that specializes in architecture, construction and renovation. He can be reached at Chris@vbhomesliving.com.