The Do It Yourself Guide to Renovating Your Home


Many projects exist for the industrious home owner who wants to improve the appearance and worth of his home, but choosing the right do-it-yourself renovations requires research into what types of projects may be accomplished without the help of a contractor, and what jobs might require professional consulting. Engaging in do-it-yourself projects is a terrific way to save money, and to also have some fun during the process of fixing up a home.

1. Plan and budget accordingly
The budget for a home renovation project may vary wildly depending on the amount of refurbishment planned, but running out of money or not having the ability to finish the project can mean huge extra costs. That massive, half-finished kitchen remodel might make cooking a hassle, and end up requiring extra funds and a contractor’s help. Just about every potential cost for a do-it-yourself project can be narrowed down to a specific number, so budgeting ahead of time offers valuable accuracy for homeowners with tight renovation budgets.
2. Start small and grow
For a homeowner who hasn’t yet engaged in any significant type of home renovation project, there’s no reason that the first project attempted has to be a full addition onto the home or a complete kitchen refurbishment. Choosing a few less-strenuous projects first before engaging in major renovations will allow a homeowner to figure out whether he is capable of those more difficult projects, or whether a contractor or handyman might need to come in and assist.
3. Consult with a design pro
Whether a home owner is able to complete an extensive renovation project or not, the issue of having a good design sense might rear its ugly head if someone designs a new space, only to realize that the result looked a little strange. Hiring a design consultant or interior designer offers a homeowner a terrific base plan for starting a home renovation. An interior designer will also be able to comment on whether certain projects require professional contracting expertise or if those designs are do-it-yourself friendly.
4. Know when to accept help
Even with significant planning, a great budget, and all the tools necessary to complete the project, it’s not uncommon for a homeowner to bite off more than he can chew. Sometimes it’s necessary to get some extra help for certain projects that become a little too difficult for a homeowner to finish. Consulting with a contractor such as Total Roofing and Reconstruction before the project begins will make the process of finding a professional swift if problems arise.
5. Get the right permits and insurance
Although subtle remodeling work doesn’t usually require a permit or home inspection, there are some types of projects that do require permission from the city. Adding on an addition to the home usually requires a variety of permits and such major changes might also impact the terms of the homeowners’ home insurance policy. All major permits and insurance issues should be settled before any work commences.
There are endless do-it-yourself projects available for the industrious homeowner, and completing a project that improves the look of the home offers terrific satisfaction. With solid planning and research, homeowners are capable of performing a number of projects, and may improve their home in many ways. Solid planning makes the experience more enjoyable and increases the likelihood that a complex project may see completion.