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DIY Don’ts – Home Renovations not to DIY

DIY_DontsThe DIY craze has caught on and many homeowners are feeling confident about their abilities. But, when is it a good idea to DIY and when is it better to call in the professionals? As members of the real estate community for 25 years, we have seen it all, from DIY done right to DIY gone wrong! Here are a few of the biggest DIY disasters we recommend homeowners avoid. Instead, invest in a professional to get the job to right – both quickly and safely.

1. Electrical – This may seem like a no-brainer to many homeowners but DIY electrical is dangerous. Not only are you risking electrocution, but electrical fires due to wiring issues can destroy a home more quickly than one might expect. Instead, ask for suggestions from your neighbors for reliable electricians in the area. Not only will you be supporting a local business, but you’ll know the job will be done correctly so you can rest easy again.

2. Basement Finishing – Finishing a basement can be a huge, nay, a gargantuan undertaking. From electrical (see above) to framing in new walls, to plumbing and carpeting, there are a lot of tasks to complete before you can call it finished. It’s impossible to be an expert in everything – and building walls, wiring electric and plumbing are all specialized skills that can be dangerous to DIY.

3. Building or renovating bathrooms – As with basements, bathrooms pose a number of safety risks when attempting to DIY. Additionally, if you’re considering relocating any plumbing, from sinks and toilets to the bathtub or shower, you’ll want a professional to handle it to avoid flooding and other issues which may arise.
Alternative: Bathrooms can take on a whole new feel with a few extra additions. Consider purchasing a new linen cabinet or shelving that hangs over the toilet to add more storage and added style to an outdated bathroom. You’d be surprised by what a few updates can do!

4. Knocking down walls – Knocking down walls can not only be a huge, messy undertaking but it can also damage the structural integrity of your home. It’s always best to consult with a professional contractor who will be able to determine the best approach to tearing down a wall without the risk of structural harm.

5. Window replacement – Windows are a part of the home that play a significant role in temperature control and other environmental factors. Installation can be difficult especially if the windows are heavy – and dropping them is dangerous, especially from a ladder. Instead, discuss installation options with your local home improvement store to find the best option for your installation.

6. Projects involving granite or marble – Granite and marble are not only incredibly heavy but delicate, and expensive. A wrong cut can crack the stone into irreparable pieces. It’s always best to bring in an expert to size and install any granite or marble in your home.

As Realtors®, we’ve seen it all. These DIY projects gone wrong can not only end in disaster but also can decrease the value of your home if not completed properly. Of course, each home and situation is different so be sure to assess each DIY opportunity objectively. Get bids from technicians and contractors to find the best solution for your home improvements.

Considering home improvements in preparation of putting your home on the market? The MAX Team are experts in the Twin Cities real estate market and can provide information about the sales process as well as appraise the value of your home prior to renovations. Get in touch today!