When it comes to do-it-yourself (DIY) home projects, people either love them or hate them. While homeowners look to freshen up their homes in 2008, many must discover which projects they can tackle on their own and which projects would be better handled by a professional. With the rocky real estate market and baby boomers “aging in place,” DIY projects are on the rise.
Many consumers are avoiding high costs when it comes to home improvement and remodeling. “While interest in remodeling remains high, the most recent survey of 5,000 U.S. homeowners by remodelestimates.com reveals that cost savings is now a key consideration as U.S. home prices continue to decline.”* DIY projects are a great way to keep these remodeling costs down.
Before starting a DIY project, homeowners should ask themselves and consider the following questions:
Do I have time to complete the project?
How long will the project take?
Will the project compromise my routine?
Will the project compromise my safety?
Do I know anyone who has successfully completed this project?
Do I know all of the costs involved in my DIY project?
Is this an ideal time (weather conditions, etc.) of the year to complete my project?
Do I know what I’m doing (have I done the research)?
Do I have the right tools?
Do I need a permit for this project?
Hardwood flooring is one popular DIY project that has been successfully accomplished by many homeowners. Homeowners should be aware that not all types of hardwood flooring involve the same installation process. While many professionals and DIYers are used to installing certain traditional woods, more are gaining experience with the newer varieties of hardwood flooring.
If a homeowner has decided to utilize a professional resource, they should look to referrals from friends or from the store of purchase. Many flooring vendors will often offer a list of flooring installers in the area. This list is a great place for homeowners to start in the process of finding an installer; however they should take on the responsibility of researching and checking the background of each company on the suggested list.
Whether DIY projects are a good fit for a homeowner or not, everyone should research their options when it comes to home remodeling projects.
*Source: COMTEX News Network, 11/6/07
This article was provided by Lumber Liquidators. Lumber Liquidators makes the DIY process much easier by providing home delivery and online tips for installation. In the Flooring 101 section of www.lumberliquidators.com , installation tips are offered for several flooring types and installation methods, including glue down and nail down products. Also available on the site is Ask Bob! This resource, provided by Lumber Liquidators, offers advice and tips from an in-house installer in response to e-mailed questions about flooring and the installation process.
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