If you are an experienced do-it-yourself homeowner, yes, many home remodeling projects can be done yourself if you have the time available to invest in the project. However, other projects, especially those that affect the structural integrity of the property are best left in the lands of the professionals.
If you are considering replacing the flooring in an older home, consult a professional flooring contractor to investigate the condition of the current flooring. You may discover that you have beautiful hardwood flooring, covered by linoleum or carpeting. An old natural hardwood floor may be able to be refinished to “like new” condition at a fraction of the cost of replacement hardwood flooring. A professional flooring installation professional can also determine if the sub-floor is sound before you proceed with the job.
Dependent on the care and maintenance the property has received over the years, the sub-floor may be damaged by water, mold or decay, or may be infested with termites. Even if you ultimately decide to tackle the flooring project yourself, an estimate from a licensed and bonded reputable flooring contractor will allow you to have an accurate estimate of the amount and cost of materials as well as the work involved.
Replacing the roof is one of the jobs that homeowners should not tackle on their own. Check with the company that writes your homeowner’s insurance. You will likely find out that if a licensed professional roofing contractor does not install your roof, future damage from a storm, wind, or snow accumulation will not be covered under your policy.
In older homes, updating lighting fixtures can make a big impact on the comfort, convenience and appearance of the home. Changing out a dated lighting fixture is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project. If new wiring or breaker boxes need to be installed, it is best to enlist the services of a professional electrician. To add safety and security to the exterior areas of your home, consider adding motion detection lights to brightly light up sidewalks, driveway and the entry to your home.
Small painting projects such as refreshing a bedroom or painting a bathroom are simple do-it-yourself projects that can be easily accomplished in a weekend. If you have high vaulted ceilings or live in a two-story house and wish to repaint the exterior, you may find it is prudent to call in professional housepainters. A professional housepainter will have all the safety gear, ladders and scaffolding required to do the job correctly and quickly. If you factor in the time the job will require, the cost of renting painting equipment and the hassle involved in moving equipment on and off site, you will likely find that it is actually less expensive to hire a professional.