Safety Considerations When Remodeling Your Home:
Professional vs. DIY
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When it comes to fixing broken plumbing or updating light fixtures, do you have a knack for Do-It-Yourself solutions? Or, do you prefer to call in a professional, whether it’s to save you time or because of a lack of skills? Either way, choosing between a DIY fix and hiring help is a question many homeowners ask when a new project arises. However, answering that question can be harder than it seems.
Professional or DIY:
Remodeling Costs Bathrooms account for 80 percent of home remodeling projects, according to the National Homebuilders Association. How do you know when to hire a pro and when to tackle the project yourself? If you’re thinking of handling things on your own, here are a few things to consider:
● Time: The average bathroom renovation project takes a professional about 4-5 weeks. Do you have that time to devote to a home remodeling project? If you can only tackle the job on weekends, that timeline could extend into 8-10 weeks.
● Materials and Tools: Once you decide what you need and want to change, you’ll have to gather the materials to do it. That can include several trips to your local hardware store to purchase materials and rent tools. For example, to remove tile from your bathroom, you might need to rent a tile saw, which runs about $60 a week. Purchasing more supplies than you originally foresaw can impact your original budget. When you hire a contractor, he or she comes in with their own tools and will typically include the cost of materials in the first estimate.
● Price: According to HomeAdvisor, hiring a professional to remodel a bathroom ranges from $5,920 to $14,007, depending on whether or not you want to enact simple changes, like replacing cabinets and fixtures, or if you’ll be doing a massive overhaul, like putting in a new whirlpool tub. Knowing how much you are willing to spend before you even think about the changes you want to make is a common method of hiring a professional or taking the DIY road.
● Square Footage: The price and timeline for a room remodel also depends on the size of the room. For example, a professional will quote you different prices for tearing up carpet in a 10×20 room versus a 20×30 room. Sometimes you will find that you are able to do some of the work, like pulling down wallpaper, but need to bring in a professional for the more complex tasks, like knocking down a wall.
Professional or DIY: Safety Concerns
When you decide on what you need in this updated space, think about what you are qualified to do yourself and what might be out of your league. Have you ever replaced electrical wiring before? This is a huge safety concern. If the answer is no, you may want to bring in a professional, as more than 5,000 house fires a year are the result of faulty electrical equipment, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Safety doesn’t just play an important role after a remodeling project is over, but during the renovation process, as well. Do you know how to safely and properly use power drills? Do you know how to demolition a wall so that you don’t remove an essential support? If not, hiring a professional with safety certifications is a great way to put your mind at ease.
Remodeling your home not only makes it more appealing for buyers, but also more appealing for you and your family. Americans are increasingly spending more time at home; in fact, more than 20 percent of employees do some or all of their work at home, making it both home and office. Having a place where you feel comfortable and cozy is important to both your happiness and productivity.
Courtesy of:Eugene Williams http://diydad.info/