We all have dreams of transforming our homes into something special, but when it comes to home renovations, it's best to leave the DIY projects to the experts. According to recent research, more than half of buyers would only trust small DIY projects done by a previous owner and an additional 15% would trust none. Oftentimes, homeowners underestimate the time it takes to complete a project, which can lead to rushed work that doesn't produce optimal results, costly last-minute appeals to a professional, and other headaches. When estimating a DIY project, it's wise to ask an experienced professional for a time reference and allow yourself twice the amount of time allotted.
For example, if it takes two days for an expert to place a splash guard in the kitchen, spend four days completing the project yourself. This will help you avoid stress and save money in the long run. It's also important to remember that remodeling projects have a lot of moving parts and are full of delays that are beyond your control. Before you make your house or room completely unlivable, make sure you have a team, a solid plan, permits, and materials ready.
You may also need to do exploration work to find out what supports the load. If you're not sure if you can handle anything, it's best to call your local home remodeling company or a maintenance specialist. They can help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that your project is completed with quality workmanship. The New Design Rules is also an excellent guide for renovation and decoration projects; it's full of 330 pages with magnificent photographs of 28 different homes of all styles.