Why you shouldn’t DIY your kitchen renovation
It’s that time of year when a lot of homeowners are starting to think of all the things they want to update in their home. Updating your home is a great investment and can add value to your life and even your wallet should you ever leave your home. However, attempting to DIY things that they should be done professionally can be a big waste of time and money. When updating your home there are some things you should just leave to the professionals.
The kitchen is one of the main rooms in a home, it gets the most use and the most visitors so anything that gets put into it should add value to it. Here are some things you should avoid doing yourself.
Installing New Cabinets
Contractors/cabinet installers know what they are doing when it comes to installing cabinets. The precision needed is second nature to them so they can easily understand the measurements and get the job done in an effective manner.
Although removing a wall may look easy enough to do on your own, it can be a big issue if you don’t know what you’re doing. Some walls could be load bearing, which means that they have to stay for the structural integrity of your home. Other walls could be housing wires and plumbing, which would have to be relocated by professionals.
Changing the layout of your kitchen
This one is definitely something you should leave to the professionals. It won’t just affect the look of your kitchen but also the function and safeness of the kitchen. Kitchens have set rules and guidelines as to how things should be laid out, especially around heat sources. Depending on how you want to change the layout, it could lead to bigger changes including gas lines, plumbing and electrical, which as we stated earlier, should not be touched unless you are a professional to keep your home up to code and keep your family safe.
Not only can countertops be tricky to install, but they’re also bulky and heavy. You could easily hurt yourself or cause damage within the kitchen if you try to install new countertops on your own.
Updating any electrical
Unless you are a trained professional, electricity is not something to mess around with. If something goes wrong, it could mess up the entire electrical system or harm someone.
DIYs may seem like the cheaper option, but without proper research, your DIYs could cost you more money. Make sure to really weigh out the projects that will save you money versus the ones that will not. Also, assess your skillset, a lot of times homeowners lose money because they think they can do something on their own and then end up having to try a few different things or buy extra materials to get the job done.
Overall, professionals are professionals for a reason. They have the experience needed to get the job done in the most efficient way. When you decide to do it yourself, you risk losing time and money. You still have your life to live, and sometimes life just gets in the way. You could start the project and plan to finish it within the next month or so but then have something come up. And because you’re managing the project, it gets put off, and who knows how long that could last. When you hire professionals, they have to stay on schedule and get the job done even when things come up.