The Benefits of Home Improvement

Our home is the one place where we will really unwind and relax after a difficult day at work, and everyone wish to have the coziest and most cushy environment for our family. Since we realise that progress isn’t ending, a lot of people like to make their homes better in any probable way they can.

Everyone is aware as to how inexpensive DIY home improvement can be, but the real question here is: should you even do the home improvement yourself? Well, it basically is dependent on the circumstances. There are a few questions you need to pose first before you start on your DIY home improvement project.

Do you have the necessary talents to do the project?

Dangerous DIY jobs, for example intensive electricity wiring roles, under-the-house

English: Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse at ...

English: Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse at 117 William Penn Plaza in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

plumbing jobs, and roofing roles that require one to climb on a high or steep roof should all be avoided, since these kinds of tasks customarily must have safety gears and tools or an expert ability that majority of laymen don’t have. The risks connected aren’t worth taking, and these tasks should be handled by professionals.

Do you have free time to finish the job?

You can do your house improvement endeavour after work or in the weekend, but you must see if you can use your free time for more handy and significant goals like hanging out with your friends. Bear in mind that there’s an attached worth to your spare time.

Expertise, Experience and Equipment

One or two of the more complex tasks would need the 3 Es: expertise, experience, and equipment to get the job done. Unless you are excited to spend a serious period of time simply to learn the standard tools, particularly when workmanship is concerned, there’s a enormous likelihood that you will make an amateurish-looking efforts. This is mainly true for projects, like raised-panel drawers.

There’s always this victory feeling if you can complete your DIY renovation undertaking from initiation to end, but you need to also realize the practicality aspect of it so as to avoid frustration and regret at the end of the day.

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32 Responses to The Benefits of Home Improvement

  1. Elvin says:

    For me, it really is an awesome thing once you learned to do stuff on your own. The ability to improve your own home gives a great advantage. You can literally create your dream house like that.

  2. Angela ST says:

    Thanks for sharing this great post! I can tell you from experience that you are right in that each DIY project needs to be evaluated independently, depending on the scope of the work. I have done several DIY projects on my personal homes but there have been many growing pains along the way. One instance in particular that I can remember was with the first home I ever bought and I bit off more than I could chew, taking on the plumbing and changing out/upgrading all the bathroom toilets and lavatories on my own. Let’s just say it was an experience and I ended up hiring a professional plumber to fix the details that I overlooked and it ended up costing me so much more in the long run, not to mention the added stress, headache, and time lost. It’s good to be ambitious and push yourself to learn new things, but it’s also important to know your limits. For the things that could come back to bite you in the rear or even do you harm (like electrical and plumbing), always hire a professional, at least until you’ve worked with one for several projects and get some real experience and confidence under your belt. Even then, proceed with caution.
    Thanks for posting!

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Hi Angela, sounds like you’ve been through some things when it comes to DIY projects. You’re right, you definitely need to know what you can handle or it will cost you in more ways than one!

  3. Ursa says:

    DIY is a great way to save money and learn a thing or two on the way! My husband loves to do all our home improvements on his own, but sometimes he drops a project after realising he doesn’t have the time/expertise to finish it. I will definitely share this article with him!

  4. Scott J says:

    I leave the projects with potential for being electrocuted or flooding the house to the experts! Always important not to get in over one’s head.

  5. Sandi T. says:

    Thanks for writing this post! I especially liked the section that listed important details homeowners must consider before starting any DIY home improvement projects. I agree that dangerous DIY jobs must be kept in mind because those involving electricity and plumbing are best undertaken by experts.

  6. Brevity says:

    Thank you for actually listing the points to be seriously considered before starting a DIY project. Usually there is a lot of enthusiasm at the beginning, and then there is a slowing down especially when the project takes longer than expected! And an incomplete project can be quite embarrasing.

  7. Ronilo Jr Lasmarias says:

    The DIY project in our homes are a great idea because it saves us a ton of money while having a very fulfilling feeling of having the work done. However, there are DIY projects that are more complicated than the other, therefore, one can choose which project he/she will do.

  8. ContractorGuy says:

    Great points everyone, thanks for commenting!

  9. Lindsey says:

    I know a lot of people that get by with DIY home projects. Mostly because they can’t afford to pay someone to do the job so it’s trial by error.

  10. Tammy Taylor says:

    You have to decide whether the DIY project is something you have knowledge and experience with unless it is something simpler. Doing something that you’re not sure how to do it right could have serious consequences or just might not look very good either.

  11. EMSandoval says:

    It can be very fulfilling to do things yourself, especially when it comes to projects like home improvement. But we must never take on more than we are capable of because results can be disastrous. You gave practical reminders and homeowners should consider these before undertaking such a project. Besides, you don’t want to spend more than you intend to because you’d need to “repair” the improvement.

  12. rameddy says:

    Very True some of us overlook the need for expertise when doing DYI home improvements. Even though it may be thrilling to see the work of your own hands. At the end of the day its good to be cautious enough and involve professionals because you can not be good at all aspects of DYI improvement.

  13. Maya Pillai says:

    DIY home improvements are best for tasks such as painting, carpeting and other similar tasks. However, for solving issues related to electricity , its advisable to call an expert. Again.check out the reputation of the person and his charges before employing him.

  14. Mike Hawthorne says:

    It’s so satisfying when you can make a good job of something yourself that you didn’t think possible but on the other hand disastrous if you mess with something way outside of your capabilities!

  15. Isabel says:

    I agree with the things you pointed out. However, it does not mean that you cannot undertake DIY projects if you do not have the expertise. Start with something small and move on to bigger stuff. As you mentioned, things like electricity, plumbing or wiring are more delicate in nature so better leave it to the experts so your investments are protected. You can, however, take crash courses on electricity or plumbing so if you really love tinkering around the house, it will save you loads of money in the end for renovations that you can do yourself.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Thank you for your comment Isabel. As long as one has the patience and desire, they can take on any DIY project.

  16. Diw Methil says:

    Improving our homes when it becomes faded or in a state of disrepair is often necessary. There are many pointers in this highly informative articles to guide us in the right way, on the process.

  17. Anu veth says:

    All of us need our homes. They are the best places to rest and dream. We can reinvent or create a better place for ourselves by engaging professionals who can change our homes.

  18. David says:

    Personally, I think these are skills worth developing, and they’re often fun. You get a sense of achievement, and a tangible result that can improve your quality of life. Turning home improvement into something that can be enjoyed with family and friends can be a great use of time.

    • Layla Summers says:

      Well certain things like electricity and plumbing would require an expert. However depending on what job you do some DIY jobs like painting and even wall papering can be done by yourself especially if money is tight.

  19. Sergej Bogatinoski says:

    Yes, time is precious and that is why I can’t do it. I could hire someone to do it for me, but it costs a lot so maybe I will do it alone in the future.

  20. asp says:

    Yes time is precious, but we end up doing things which interest us. So the only major factor driving an individual is interest. DIY falls into place easily if you have self interest for it.

  21. Shamkant Sukalikar. says:

    I think more than 75% knows these facts. Rest are very unlikely to take your advice seriously because almost all of us have an instinct of giving a try by DIY. people learn many things by experience. DIY also has got some pleasure value! Don’t you think so?

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Well the pleasure part varies from person to person. Some people will find great pleasure in DIY projects and some will be faced with great frustration and stress.

  22. Rajender Budhwani says:

    Yes dangerously DIY jobs should be avoided at all cost. Also keep in mind, even the easy looking tasks sometimes are very Time consuming. So you need to be patient otherwise you will regret at the end.

  23. teachernia says:

    Your list of what DIYers should take into serious consideration before under taking a home improvement task is thorough. One thing that DIYers usually underestimate is the time any given home improvement project will take.

  24. beena says:

    yes ,you are right.fixing and improving the problems in our house are difficult.Availability of the right person, budget and risk are very important.if you have an idea of yourself then it would be easy to implement.


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