Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Pros And Cons of Managing Your Own Home Remodeling or Renovations

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The home DIY sector has simply exploded in popularity and as more people have more time at home or the remote and hybrid way of working takes hold, it has become incredibly common for professionals to be renovating and change their homes. It is an accepted means of adding value to your home and increasing your equity, as well as the norm before selling and, strangely enough, immediately after the new buyer has moved in.

Many homeowners simply go out and hire an expert who projects, manages, and presents them with a finished product. Then there are those who make use of the widespread availability of information guides to do this kind of work themselves. Here are the pros and cons of such DIY renovations.


More control over the process

You are in charge when you do your own renovations, and if, for example, you want to sell your house in Raleigh-Durham, you won’t need to waste time finding the best contractor. Your changes or renovations can be made to suit the market. Should you do the work yourself, you are able to control the creativity and give the space your personal stamp of character.

Cost savings

You will definitely save on labor if you do most of it yourself. Simple things like preparing walls for painting and all of the non-skilled work should be done by you. It’s a great way to save money but also begin to learn and develop your DIY skills.


You could end up with a mess

Not all the How To videos that you find online are genuine, and many that may be quite difficult to follow. It’s a huge risk to attempt any large-scale changes such as floors, utilities, or waterproofing on your own without professional on-site advice and supervision. One of the biggest ironies of the DIY boom is that not only may some do their own work, but there is also an ongoing increase of homeowners needing to hire professionals to take care of unplanned, unfinished, and unsafe home additions and changes.

Constraints of time

A major downside of attempting to do your own renovation is that you are likely to have other responsibilities, and unless you take time off work and these responsibilities, you will be unable to dedicate the required time to get it done timeously. Your time is money, and as such, you will have to weigh up who is best placed to do the work as soon as you have the quotations.

Whether you are renovating or reworking your house to sell it or simply making some changes to make it more livable, the idea is to add value and increase the benefits that you or whoever lives on the property is able to enjoy. The final decision as to whether you do the house renovations on your own is essentially going to come down to exactly what it is that you intend to do. If there is anything whatsoever about the changes that are structural or require measurements, rethink your plan and perhaps even find a professional to help.

Monday, July 4, 2022

How to Make Your House Remodel Go Smoother

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House remodels are truly a chaotic time for you and your family; some rooms might be off-limits, and you might be wondering if you are doing the right thing. You might also need to work on dates around other people’s schedules, which is annoying if you constantly stop-starting. So, you should be finding ways to help the whole process go a lot more smoothly for you and everyone involved. 

#1 Moving Your Things

This can be one of the bigger stresses of renovating your house. You might have nowhere to put the piles and piles of stuff you have accumulated over the years, or even the means to get it off-site safely. 

You might find that it is beneficial to look for man + van services in your area. You might find that a man with a van service is great for moving little pieces backwards and forwards securely, so none of your stuff gets broken and you don't have to borrow your friend's trailer or your mom’s bigger car. 

You might find that this sort of thing takes a lot of stress away from your general day-to-day, especially if you are in a position where you are waiting for weeks to be able to get your next load of materials or your friend who is supposed to be helping with the heavy lifting keeps on canceling last minute. 

#2 The Order of the Renovation

The order in which you renovate your property is very important to how your renovation goes and how much money you are spending overall. Here is a list of the order you should renovate in:

Upstairs bathrooms

Downstairs bathrooms 

The kitchen

Living areas 

This is simply due to the positioning of pipes. You don't want to spend a lot on your living room only to have to tear up the ceiling above it because you have a bathroom directly above with a leak. 

#3 Getting the Right Materials

This is an important part of making sure that your renovation goes smoothly. Using the right high-quality materials for the job means that you are working with the best that is available, and consequently that the result will not only be high quality but also long-lasting. This is desirable as you want it to be a long time before you go through all this disruption again.

#4 Investing in Professional Help

You are going to need professional help for some things, such as the plumbing, the electronics, and maybe some other installations that you know you wouldn’t be able to do on your own. You should make sure that these things are done by a professional to lower the risk of a hazard such as a fire, leak, or getting shocks from your efforts with the electrics. This is also important when you come to sell the property, as you can hand over the right certification to show it has all been done correctly and safely, as well as to a high standard. 

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