Before You Begin Your Home Design Project
DIY home improvement shows are all the rage these days. Watching celebrity “crews” guide happy homeowners through turning a shack into a showplace, it all seems so easy. Well, it is easy, because behind the scenes on these shows the actual hard work is being done by professional contractors. Despite this Hollywood fudging, this doesn’t mean that “weekend warriors” can’t make significant improvements to a home on their own. But there are some issues to be considered before embarking on this grand face lift for your house.
Home Improvement Pre-Considerations
The first ones are based on your experience, the time that you can devote, and the budget allocated for your anticipated design project. After reviewing all of this, you may find that big may be beyond you for your first attempt, and that’s fine. In fact, a series of smaller improvements over time may actually be preferable to one “mega” one. This allows you to set and stay within a workable budget. And as your needs for a house can change over time during your residency within it, less dramatic changes all at once give you a better chance to accurately assess them. And while all house design changes need not be dramatic ones, for those that are, make sure that you have all of your “ducks in a row” concerning administrative work and documentation. This includes:
- permission from community associations if necessary
- “dig safe” assessments concerning utility lines and piping
Information on big renovations needs to be shared with your town assessor’s office as well as it will affect your home’s property value. And what shouldn’t you do on your own concerning home design improvements?
Be Your Own Tree Service
All but the most limited of landscaping projects should be left to the pros. This includes tree removal for obvious reasons involving falling timber, and tree installation. Putting in the wrong trees can cause expensive problems involving invasive species and damages caused by “nuisance trees” including excessive shedding of limbs.
Knock Down Walls
In addition to doing potential structural damage to a building, DIYers could also accidentally tear into gas lines or destroy plumbing hidden here.
Pave A Driveway
Patching a driveway is a good DIY project, yes. But actually laying out, prepping, and covering a driveway is a far more involved project than one would think. Fortunately, that’s why we have professional driveway companies.
Be Your Own Electrician And Plumber
Unless you’re changing a fuse or light bulb or unclogging a toilet, such work should be left to trained and certified technicians. Un-fun fact: fires caused by faulty or improperly installed wiring is a leading cause of household fatalities.
If not installed correctly, it presents a hazard when ripped off by winds and can allow moisture to get into and damage the house’s frame.
Install Above Ground Swimming Pool
One mistake made in assembling it means that hundreds of gallons of water could suddenly be on the loose without warning while filling it. The crushing effect of this wave has the potential to either severely injure or kill those in its way. For this same reason, repairs should never be performed by homeowners either.