Is there any better feeling as a homeowner than that of accomplishment after you finish a challenging DIY project? It makes you feel like you can fix anything! We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but; you can’t. Some projects are best left to the professionals, and we wanted to share them with you before you make any decisions that you’ll regret.
Before you even start Googling “how to repair drywall” consider searching “bad drywall job” instead. Your walls are the largest surface area of your Home. Poor work will be very noticeable and will ruin any room – even if it was styled by an interior designer. A skilled drywall contractor will be worth every penny when it comes to repairing walls and finishing spaces.
Even if you consider yourself a perfectionist, and have the right tools for the job, stay away from tiling. It’s an artisan’s work, and it takes years of experience to develop the skills for measuring and cutting tile properly. Again, do a quick search of “poor tile work” to see what kind of mess you can get yourself into. Yikes! This goes for peel-and-stick vinyl tiles as well, which tend to shrink and shift after application. It’s best to leave the tiling to the pros.
We know, we know. It looks so easy on HGTV. Everything is pretty easy when your show is only 30-60 minutes long. It does seem like a simple job that would be a good DIY project to save yourself some dough. Don’t be fooled. There is a substantial amount of prep work – you have to remove all of the door fronts without damaging them, you need the correct paint, and cabinets should be sprayed instead of rolled. Poorly painted cabinets will uglify even the most beautiful of kitchens.
Hard Flooring Installation
We see a trend toward Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) throughout Homes (bedrooms included). LVP is a cheaper alternative to hardwood, and installation is relatively simple, so it’s topping DIY project lists. Still, it has some drawbacks. Most LVP does not hold up well to moisture and will warp over time, making it a no-go for bathrooms. LVP in bedrooms and in varying colors creates a disjointed design. Most buyers still prefer carpet in the bedrooms and are perplexed when they tour a home with four variations in LVP coverings. We recommend you stay away from LVP if you can, and since it is complicated to perfect, you should also stay away from installing the flooring yourself.
In the end, our clients are always better off paying professionals for expert-level work. They’re happier with the finished product, they don’t have to spend their weekends laboring, and they’re more likely to see a return on their investment.
When you do these projects yourself, you run the risk of incurring extra costs and pulling down your Home’s value. For the projects we mentioned above, you should seriously consider contacting professionals. If you’re thinking about some renovation or remodeling projects, let us know. We’d be happy to work with a budget to create a list of priorities, offer cost-saving suggestions, and share our favorite, high-quality contractors who offer reasonable pricing.