When we decide to remodel often we have tastes that outway our budgets. We have a vision of just what we want, then we get the bids from the contractors, they are far beyond what we can afford. So we suddenly see ourselves as do it yourself contractors. We can save the labor costs and do it ourselves we think.
But should you do the work yourself? Well we have to look at a number of things. Do you have the skills or can you aquire the skills, do you have the tools and safety gear? Can you rent the tools and safety gear and still save money? What about your time can you take the time it is going to take to complete the job? What is your time worth in dollars and cents? Do you really want to do the labor? We have to look at these questions and decide an honest answer to each one before taking on the tasks at hand.
Unless you are a highly skilled do-it-yourselfer, avoid taking on jobs that may be dangerous, particularly difficult, or where a mistake can be quite costly. Some jobs simply are not worth the risk. For example, think twice before doing:
Unless you are a highly skilled do it yourselfer then you should avoid jobs that could be dangerous or that take a lot of skills because mistakes can be more costly than hiring someone else to do the job righ in the first place.
I recently did part of the work in remodeling my bathroom myself. Then hired a contractor to finish it. I tore out a wall. Then removed the old bathtub. I tore up the old flooring and tile. I hired a plumber who
installed the new tub, toliet, and sink and the green board around the tub, plus the tub surround and faucets. I hired a handy person to put down the subflooring. Then I hired a professional installer to install the tile. I preped all the walls and put on two coats of undercoat on the walls. Then hired a painter to finish the job. The original bid I got for all the work with materials was over $5000. by buying all the materials myself and doing part of the work I did the whole job for about $1,500 dollars. That figure included permits. That was a big savings and by the time I figured out what my time was worth I saved even more. I also ended up with a very professional job.
Making remodeling plans for a house helps you to ensure that your home meets all your needs. It also adds value to your home in the long term. After all, you will spend at least half your working life paying off the first mortgage on your house—by making remodeling plans, you ensure that your home evolves with the changes in your lifestyle and add value to the property.
When you want to improve or remodel your home, you cannot afford to proceed in a haphazard manner—you need to make a plan and adhere to it. For instance, you might find it troublesome to get your house painted every few years. Maybe you should get information on and try out Total Remodeling’s System 2000 and Elite siding systems, which include energy-saving options. You can consult with our designers at Total Remodeling to select the best color combinations in sidings and trims.
What if you find that the windows and doors in your home need to be changed? You need to create a remodeling plan with our experts at Total Remodeling and select doors and windows to maximize security and energy savings. Suppose you have a large basement, which needs to be waterproofed. You could create a remodeling plan with our experts at Total Remodeling to not only waterproof the basement, but also install an electric floor warming system and create a home entertainment center.
Within 10 or 15 years of purchasing your house, you may find that the wiring and pipes need to be replaced. Our designers and contractors at Total Remodeling can help you get new pipes and wires installed.
As your family grows, you will need to add more rooms, and as each child leaves home, you will need to change the use of various spaces in your home. You will need to make remodeling plans with our experts at Total Remodeling to build more rooms in your home and change the use of existing spaces. At Total Remodeling, we can supervise the work to be done for your home and co-ordinate with several contractors and designers.
You can add more value to your home by converting the master bathroom into a health spa and by changing the tiling, cabinetry, and sinks in the bathrooms and kitchen. You can also make your bathrooms and kitchen more comfortable in the winters by installing an electrical floor warming system, controlled with a thermostat.