Installing “committed” home features
Semi-permanent aesthetic changes to your home built around your unique tastes or interest are called committed home features.
If a homeowner decides to install purple carpeting or pink granite counter tops, they should either feel committed to staying in the property for a while or be committed to reversing the change before a home sale. A “committed” choice might not reduce the sale value of a home, but it could make the property harder to sell.
Homeowners may feel inclined to take on a committed home change as a DIY project because these adjustments are often passion projects, but it’s probably not a great choice. Long-term design decisions deserve high-quality work done by a pro.
Installing your own kitchen cabinetry and appliances
Renovating your kitchen can be a big and expensive task, but it could become an even bigger and more expensive task if homeowners try to install their own cabinets and appliances.
Cabinetry, refrigerators, dishwashers and built-in microwaves should all be installed by a professional contractor who will install everything correctly the first time.
If not, you could end up with a sloped cabinet or put the wrong doors in the wrong places so they don’t open correctly.
Converting indoor/outdoor spaces
Some homeowners are keen to turn their useless indoor-outdoor spaces into functional extra rooms. This isn’t always a smart choice, even if the property is located in a relatively temperate climate with easy-to-predict weather patterns, because sheds and garages weren’t designed with full-time indoor living in mind.
The reason it’s so obvious when this type of DIY project fails is that it usually requires owners to take on the challenge of raising the floors and lowering the ceilings of their garages. Those projects can be “scary” if people don’t know what they’re doing and really require assistance from a contractor.
Building your own backyard deck
Apart from the obvious concern that a badly build deck could collapse while a homeowner’s family and friends are on it, decks placed in the wrong spot could also make it harder to access important parts of a property. Homeowners aren’t usually versed on what is up to code for their state and could potentially end up spending a fortune trying to fix their deck so it is safe and does not impact the selling of your home if you chose to move down the road.
Fixing the roof
Fixing expensive roof problems may be the bane of every homeowner’s existence, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right place to cut corners. Getting up that high on a ladder can put the lives of DIY-ers in serious danger, plus without the right expertise, it can be difficult to correctly identify the source of leaks or other issues. DIY roof repairs can also have a seriously negative impact on a home’s value.
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