3 Terrible Reasons To Do a Complex DIY Project

Anytime remodeling is mentioned, one of the biggest points that everyone tends to think about is whether or not it can become a DIY project. Although there are many instances where remodeling your home and working on certain projects can be something that you can do by yourself, there are other times when you certainly need the help of another person and also times when it’s better to just leave the project to a professional. Being able to recognize these differences is essential when it comes to dealing with remodeling on a regular basis.

1) It's Cheaper to Do it Myself

A lot of times, people are interested in doing a DIY project for remodeling their home because they feel as if it would be a cheaper and more affordable option. In some cases, this is true. However, for the amount of changes that you have to make if you have made mistakes and any of the potential fees that you could pay for if you make serious errors, it can often be more expensive. Worse yet, if you try to do a DIY project and completely ruin an area or your house or risk injuring yourself in the process, the amount of money that you could pay in either situation goes far beyond the price associated with the typical professional investment.

2)  They Did It On HGTV and It Looked Easy

They did an entire kitchen remodel in a weekend--  it can't be that hard!  Why do these contractors want so much money for a weekend of work?  It's incredibly easy to forget that the people on HGTV have several things you probably don't:

  • Years of Experience
  • Prep Teams
  • A Crew of Experts

Without these, even trying to change the faucet in the kitchen can turn into a complex and potentially damaging situation.

3)  Don't Want to Deal With Home Inspectors and Permits

Home Inspectors can unearth all kinds of other issues with your project and add costs by demanding engineering reviews and other costly items.  Several people seem to feel that if they just don't deal with a contractor and keep their head down and work quietly the city won't notice and they can avoid the entire pesky problem.  Unfortunately, what happens if the city does find out?  Heavy Fines.  In some places, these fines can be so high they actually negate any "elbow grease" equity you've added into your property.    

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.

Comments (2)

# Cynthia
Friday, February 7, 2014 5:22 AM
very interesting this, you really do need to know where to draw the line with home diy. i found this when i tried to install air conditioning on my own! didn't turn out very well
Amy Wright
# Amy Wright
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:16 AM
Oh goodness! lol How did your A/C not go according to plan?

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