Do-it-yourself home improvement projects are completed every year by homeowners all across the country. Rather than hiring contractors for a project, owners take it upon themselves to do some much-needed renovations, big or small. With the help of numerous Internet guides and YouTube videos, DIY home improvements can be completed in no time.
DIY projects can vary in simplicity and length of time. More complex ones may require the hiring of contractors, but for the more ambitious homeowners, they might decide to tackle the project themselves.
Unfortunately, not every DIY project results in a successful addition or remodeling. What may start off with great ambition then turns to disappointment, as you quickly realize the DIY project will not turn out as you envisioned.
This new year, make it a resolution to fix prior home improvement projects with some guidance.
Try again, maybe
If at first you fail, try again, but only if you feel comfortable doing so. Depending on the scope of the project, you may be able to fix your approach from your first attempt. Utilize more resources to gain a better understanding of the project and to help you avoid spending even more money. You can easily spend twice the amount of money to finish the project when all is said and done.
When attempting to fix an existing issue, start with tasks that are easier to complete. For instance, if you're fixing the DIY kitchen remodeling project, start with smaller tasks, such as replacing the lighting and then move on to the more intensive aspects. By starting small, you'll gain the confidence to complete larger tasks.
You'll also want to give yourself some leeway for certain projects. In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, Ross Clark, general manager at Clark Construction, recommended you account for extra filler when looking to install new cabinets. His advice stems from houses not always being built perfectly, as the measurements are not perfect.
Fix the cosmetic issues
Sometimes a DIY project isn't a total disaster. A few cosmetic fixes here or there can quickly fix the mess you're currently staring at.
A professional opinion can help provide tips on how to deal with the cosmetic issue, and how you can implement fixes. Advice from a fresh set of eyes can be useful, especially if you're looking to sell your house this year. Keep in mind that professional advice will cost at minimum a few hundred dollars.
Know when to get help
There are times when you have to admit defeat and contact a professional to fix up any underlying issues. Yes, this move will cost you more money, but you'll benefit in the long run. According to a study from Zillow Digs, major DIY projects are likely to result in going over budget. Hiring a contractor can help avoid this.
Professional help can also save time as they know how to go about fixing any underlying issues.
As with all home renovations, safety is the most important aspect. Whether you're fixing a room's cosmetic flaws or something more major, always be careful when going about your business.
Luckily, a home inspection can shed light on any potential safety hazards, before and after your remodeling project. If you do decide to build an addition on your own, an inspection is a must, as you have to ensure your property meets specific regulations.
Homeowners have a lot to account for, and fixing a previous DIY project should be a high priority during the next 12 months.