Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Home Projects To Enlist A Contractor's Help

~ This is a featured post. ~

I've always loved some fun DIY projects. But with hectic work schedules, I know when to enlist help, especially when professionals can get things done with half of the time. 

Picture below: our contractor "Super Ian" meticulously grouting our cottage kitchen backsplash. 

While DIY projects are fun to take on every so often, it isn’t always the recommended way to go depending on what you’re tackling. There are certain projects that will require you to hire and pay a contractor to make sure the job is done right and will withstand the test of time.

The most important responsibility you have is to do your homework and find a company or person who you trust to accomplish your goals within your budget. You also should work on saving up your money and planning ahead for these types of updates, so you’re prepared to handle the logistics and cover the bill when it comes.

A New Roof
You can’t always see the damages, but a faulty roof will cause you more headaches as time passes. Research different roofing systems and start to narrow down which option is best suited for your home if it’s time for a replacement. You’ll want a contractor’s help with this type of undertaking because it’s labor-intensive and you risk getting hurt doing it yourself. The experts will also be able to recommend the best roofing materials and color for your home.

Plumbing Upgrades
It’s not a wise idea to mess around with complicated plumbing projects and leaking water in your house. Hit a wrong pipe or drill an incorrect hole and you could end up with more damage than you ever imagined. Call a contractor who specializes in this type of work and feel comfortable knowing this person will get the upgrade done right the first time around. There’s nothing wrong with learning more about what they’re doing, but it’s advised you leave the heavy lifting up to the pros.

Major Remodeling of Rooms
Remodeling projects are tempting to want to take on yourself, but they’re a lot more work than you think. Take into account all of the materials, measuring, replacing and mess you’ll encounter during a major remodeling of your space. What you can do in this situation is conduct your homework and step up and be in charge of how you want the end product to look. Let the contractors actually complete the work and you focus more on the design and desired appearance of how you want it all to flow.

Lavish Landscaping
A little bit of landscaping and planting here and there is easy, but the project becomes more complicated when you’re talking about installing lavish landscaping around your home and backyard. Leave this kind of enhancement up to the people who do this for a living, and you’ll likely be much happier with the outcome. Once again, take time to research options and walk them through what you want and then allow the contractors to do their job. This is your chance to get a bit fancy if you have the funds for it because you don’t have to carry out the requests on your own.   


These are a couple of larger and more complex home improvement projects you probably shouldn’t take on yourself. Accept the role as project manager if you’re itching to get more involved in the process. You’ll thank yourself for letting go in the end when all is completed and installed seamlessly without error. 
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