We all love to complete a DIY project. After all, it’s fun, often saves money, and can be extremely rewarding. However, when should you really avoid DIY? When it comes to major renovations that effect the structure or overall value of your home, it’s best to leave it to the pros. Here are some dangers of DIY renovation projects to keep in mind.
Compliance with Building Code and Laws
As a handy homeowner, you may be skilled in home repair but not necessarily be up to date on local building codes and laws. One of the biggest dangers of DIY renovation projects is compliance with those building codes. If your work is not up to code, this could present a problem later down the line. You may not realize it until you go to sell the home and a potential home buyer performs an inspection or checks for building permits and approvals. The city or town may require you to demonstrate compliance (by exposing certain features of the structure, electrical or plumbing), rebuild, and/or pay fines. Additionally, this could delay your efforts to sell your home.
Presence of Safety Hazards
Safety hazards are another danger of DIY projects. Licensed contractors implement certain safety measures in their processes and techniques. As someone who does not complete contract work for a living, you may not be familiar with those safety standards. You may be injured while performing electrical or structural work or leave behind hidden dangers in the completed project. Safety dangers could remain undetected for months or even years. Don’t risk unsafe conditions in your family’s home. Rely on an experienced contractor to complete work that requires safety standards.
Impact on Home Value
Another one of the top dangers of DIY renovation projects involves home values. If you are renovating your home, your goal should be to receive a return on that investment in the form of an increase in your home’s value. A non-professional renovation project can often negate values rather than improving them. In the end, this could cost you a lot more than hiring a professional to begin with.
Summary of Dangers of DIY Renovation Projects
Your home is one of the largest investments that you will make in your lifetime. To preserve and improve it’s value, it’s best to hire professional contractors for any major work. This includes home additions and major renovation projects that include electrical, plumbing, and/or structural work. Before starting your next project, give our team a call for a free initial consultation on your Florida home renovation.