Four Remodeling Projects that Need a Professional

When you plan a remodeling project, you want to consider every option and avenue. You want back up plans, and in some cases, back up plans for those plans. It takes planning, preparation, and knowledge. All too often homeowners decide to take on a project that may seem easy, but quickly turns difficult. They realize they are not prepared for the project at hand and have to hire a contractor at the last minute. This can be costly, and sometimes will leave the homeowners in a lurch for several days to a week or more. Before this happens to you, consider the four major remodeling projects that need a professional’s touch.

Expanding a Room


Expanding a room consists of, in most cases, knocking out a wall. This seems like an easy task when you first consider it. All you have to do is take a few hammers and begin beating on the wall right? Actually, it isn’t that simple. In order to knock down a wall for a room expansion, you will need to know where the studs are, wiring leads, and if there is anything such as plumbing within the wall. If there are wires, plumbing, or other issues you will need an electrician or plumber. You will need a contractor for the expansion, simply due to the studs and beams. If one is removed in the wrong place, you could destroy the room and possible the house itself.

Fence Projects


Basic fencing projects, such as a dog pen or chicken coop, are not that difficult. The real problem comes in with fences that require precise measurements and placement. Water mains, underground wiring, and other issues may present a problem when you begin digging fence posts. You also have to consider the posts, hardware, and fence placement. This is definitely a job where a professional is your best bet.

Converting Spaces


Are you planning on converting a garage or basement into an apartment? Will you want to have a bathroom or private kitchen area in the apartment? If so, you have a lot of work cut out for you. For electrical work, plumbing, drywall, and proper fixture placement you will want professionals. A general contractor could help with the vast majority and in some cases with the entire project.

Major Plumbing Work


Anything that requires major plumbing work is a job you want to leave to a professional. Bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling are two big plumbing projects. A plumber will be able to ensure that the project goes smoothly and you do not have water damage or broken pipes.

When you are planning your project, think through the project itself. If it is a simple task dealing with plumbing or electrical work, then you may be able to handle it on your own. Use your best judgment and make the choice that works for you. Remember, if you choose to handle the project on your own, keep a backup plan to call a contractor in if they are necessary.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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