When to leave your Home Improvement Projects to a Professional

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The honey dew list or a few little projects you have in mind around the house. Some of them you can do yourself, like painting the bathroom. Others are more challenging, like installing a new exterior door. Do you accept the challenge and start shopping for a door, or should you hire a professional? Before you get in over your head, ask yourself these questions.

Do I have the time?
Many projects take weeks rather than days, especially if you're doing it yourself in your spare time. If you're planning to change out kitchen cabinets or countertops, know that your kitchen could be out of commission for a while. Measure the inconvenience against the cost of hiring a professional installer.

Do I have the right tools?
Rather than look at it as an opportunity to add to your tool collection, consider what special tools you'll need for the project. For example, installing a tile backsplash or floor calls for a tile saw. If you have more than one tile project, the saw is a good investment. If not, you might be better off calling a professional and using your tool money for one that will get more use.

Do I have the experience?
It's true. There are lots of books that tell you how to do things. However, some projects are easier than others. Painting the bathroom requires little more than a bucket of paint, a brush and some time for prep and cleanup. Installing a hardwood floor calls for more, including knowing how to use power saws, nailers and sanders. Before you invest a lot of time in trial and error, consider calling a professional.

You might not know who to call for a reliable professional installation. Ask your neighbors or check with the experts at your local home improvement center. Many times, the folks who sell you the products can also help you with a licensed, insured installer. They can probably help you with financing, too.

Some of the home improvement projects that you DEAL WITH IT! could benefit from a professional installer:

Outside

  • Exterior doors
  • Garage doors
  • Garage door openers
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Storage buildings
  • Stand-by generators
  • Water heaters and windows

Inside

  • Carpet
  • Tile
  • Hardwood and laminate flooring
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Window treatments
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Allen Tate

Honestly, I think most home improvement projects should be done by a Professional. I hate seeing painting that isn't done properly with streaks and runs everywhere. And the more diffucult tasks are often really botched. In the end, the Professional seems the way to go.

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May 21, 2012 11:41 AM
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Know your level of expertise... and if you are comfortable with a project, will be proud of the results and will get some enjoyment out of it.. Go ahead and do it... But if you will be miserable doing it, and unsure of the results... hire some one.

Everyone has different skill sets... and the vast majority should probably hire a professional to tighten a lose screw.

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Excellent advice!  Many of the short sales and bank owned homes are in various states of disrepair because the former owners thought they could do more than was possible with their skill set. Buyers do not want to pay for shoddy and incomplete renovations and the value of the home is decreased even more.

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