When Good Home Renovations Go Bad

March 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm

As America comes out of one of the worst recessions in it’s time, many homeowners have decided to spend their time and money working on renovation projects that will increase the value of their home rather than waste the money elsewhere. In a recent survey, 85% of homeowners said that they will be spending their money on a home renovation or home remodeling project in the upcoming months. However out of this 85%, only 29% said that they will be hiring a contractor or a professional to do the job for them. Obviously the “Do-it-yourself” mentality is still very much alive and well in our society.

Even though this do it yourself attitude is definitely a nice quality, it doesn’t help much if you don’t know what you’re doing. A home renovation horror story is just on hammer swing away. Things always go wrong with renovation project and unless you know what to do, it can turn into a downright nightmare.

There are some projects that are beyond your reach.

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No matter how great you think your skills are, and no matter how many tools you may have, unless you’re a experienced contractor, there are just some projects no homeowner should undertake. If you screw up the project and end up contacting a contractor to fix what you did, it may just end up costing more than what it would have in the beginning. This is one of the reasons why it’s always better to hire a contractor. Here’s a list of some of the projects that should always go thru a contractor.

The L Joint doesn’t connect to the Y Joint? – Everyone seems to think that their a plumber at heart. On paper, it seemed so easy, all you have to do is connect a few pipes and add a valve or a faucet. However one thing that people tend to forget is that they know nothing about the science behind plumbing. For example, not many homeowners would know that there is no way to compress water or that water seeks non-confinement from pressure at all times. In fact your small project can affect your entire plumbing system. Without the know how, a do it yourself plumbing job becomes a nightmare waiting to happen.

That crackling sound is not a good thing – Electricity can be a very dangerous and powerful thing. When working with electricity, If everything goes your way, you can be dealing with something as small as a tripped breaker. And if their not going your way then you could have to face electrocution and even a burned down house. This is exactly why you should leave this up to the professionals. In fact electrical problems have the rated the #1 issue in Do it yourself projects.
Oops. Now what? – Well let’s say you’re in the middle of a project and run into a snag. This is the part where you stop working immediately and shut off any utility you were working with. Then pick up the phone and call your contractor and have the complete the work professionally. This would probably save you even more damage and cost and give you the piece of mind of being a smart home owner.

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