Have you ever watched a home enhancement show and decided, “I can do it myself.”
The shows make it look so easy – and the entire house is renovated in just 30 minutes!
It’s time for a reality check to establish if you should really tackle a do-it-yourself (DIY)Palm Beach CountyHome Renovation project. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) created a simple yes-or-no quiz that you need to take before tackling a DIY project.
Take this quiz to find out!Answer yes or no:
1. Do you enjoy physical work?
Most home renovations projects are labor-intensive. You may find out muscles that you didn’t even know exist!
2. Are you persistent and patient?
Let’s consider the scenario of a homeowner who decides to remove the old flooring in his property alone. To his dismay, many old flooring levels have to be removed, and he now needs to rent special equipment to remove the flooring; ending up delaying completion of his renovation/addition by more than a month.
3. Do you have consistent work habits—meaning that once the project is started, will it get finished?
How many times have you started working on a project, and then life takes over? This happens to the best of us. How much time do you truly have to dedicate to a project?
4. Do you have all the tools required and, more importantly, the skills needed to do the work?
Not only do you require to have the tools and the skills, but you also need to know the building codes. Additionally, if the project needed a permit, and you do not get one, you can be fined, receive a stop-work order, and worse yet – be told to remove all changes you made to your home.
5. Are you conversant with your local building codes and permit requirements?
(Some jurisdictions need that the work is completed by a licensed and bonded professional to meet code.) It’s best to check these needs before starting work on the project.
Remember, if you fail to pull a license, you will end up paying more for your project than you imagine. Various municipalities would charge you a penalty of triple the permit fee if you failed to pull a permit. Also, if you go to sell your household and work was done without a license, you will have difficulty selling your home.
6. What will you do if the project goes awry?
Many contractors are wary about taking on a botched DIY job, and you may be forced to remove all of your handy work. All of the money and time you spent may be thrown away.
7. Is it safe for you to undertake this project?
(If you are not familiar with roofing or do not have fall protection restraints, you may not require to venture into a roofing job. Likewise, if you know nothing about electricity—leave it to the professional. Some jobs can be fatal if not performed properly. Your health and safety should be the primary concern. Never enter into a DIY project that would endanger either.)
8. Will you be able to obtain the materials you require? Who will be your source of supply? Will they deliver?
The quality of some of the items you buy at a big box store is often lower than the same things you can purchase from building suppliers.
9 Are you trying to do-it-yourself for financial reasons?
If so, have you looked at all of your costs, including the cost of materials, your time, and the tools you require to buy? If you are new to the DIY game, you may want to look at the cost of rectifying any mistakes you may make—i.e., the damage factor. Will it still be a cost-saving undertaking?
If you have to take vacation time to do the project, what is the cost of what is lost?
Did you answer YES to some of the questions?
Be honest — How many questions did you say yes to? If you answered yes to 8 or more of these questions, NARI stipulates that you may attempt a DIY project.
But, before you run for the nearest hardware store, go back to those questions you marked “No,” and carefully consider the potential problems you will face in those areas if you progress with the project.
Hiring a Palm Beach County Home Renovation Contractor, such as Optimum Development, might be your best option. A remodeling project can be one of the most significant investments that you can make in your home.
Work with an experienced roomologist (contractor experienced in room additions and home renovations) to plan and design your home renovation project in Palm Beach County. The planning phase is equally crucial to the completion phase. If you can imagine it, we can create it.