When it comes to remodeling, there is a lot of thought and consideration that goes into each project. Fully understanding the job is the best way to prevent potential issues, but part of knowing the job is being certain you can do the work. Regardless of how handy you are motivation still doesn’t equate to experience. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you have what it takes to tackle your next remodeling project… or if someone else does.
Don’t confuse watching videos with experience. Sure, the web is an expansive resource filled with forums and how-to videos, but it can’t be replaced with years of experience. If for a moment you start second guessing yourself about tackling a project after watching a few hours of YouTube videos, pick up the phone and call a contractor.
Leave the juggling to the clowns. It’s great to be motivated with your project but not to the point where you are trying to get several projects done at once. If you know you can do the work, focus on one project at a time. There’s nothing worse than losing your head because a couple of projects that should take a few weeks turns into a few months.
Is time on your side? One thing that people have difficulty with is assessing the value of their time. While you may be capable of performing some projects, without the right experience and tools, you may find that your project is costing you a lot more time and money. Finding a reliable design and remodeling company will not only get the work done faster, but will most likely provide more value than you thought possible. Knocking out your honey-do list is great, but not when it involves you and a giant hole in the wall for several months.
Pick someone’s brain. How-to videos are great, but they usually focus on a specific issue that may not relate directly to your project. Attending a seminar can be extremely beneficial as it offers an opportunity to pick the brain of experienced contractors and designers. They can provide invaluable insight to your project and the best way to approach it. Seminars are a great way to receive all the information you need to decide if you can do the job right or hire someone else to do the leg work.
So when it comes to your next project, take the time to decide which course of action is right for you. Being handy can save money, but sometimes it’s not worth risking your sanity.