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Home Improvement: Should I Get Help?

Home Improvement: Should I Get Help? By Gigi Siguenza
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

As rewarding as it is to do it yourself, there are some areas of home improvement where the average homeowner needs help. Not every job can be handled by even the most experienced of handy homeowners. A little knowledge can save you a lot of money down the line by helping you avoid costly mistakes.

Home Improvement Projects in all Shapes and Sizes

Is adding a second bathroom on your home improvement wish list? Is building an addition onto the back of the house on your list too? What about converting the attic into usable space? By learning which projects are within the scope of do it yourself', and which require home improvement help, you can ensure that the project gets done properly and safely the first time.

To Go Pro or Not

When assessing the needs of your home there are certain criteria that determine if you should call in a professional. First check the local building codes. Does the law require that a professional be used for the project you have in mind? If so, your hands are tied on the matter. Do the codes stipulate that the work can be done by a layman but must be inspected by a professional? If that's the case, you can try doing the work yourself if you are very proficient--you don't want to waste your time and effort only to fail an inspection.

It is much more expensive to reverse the work done by an ill-trained person than it is to do it right the first time. Being handy with tools is not all that is needed to do home improvement. Electrical and plumbing work require a solid knowledge of the safety risks involved in the job itself as well as the potential for safety hazards down the line. By securing professional home improvement help you can ensure that the additions and improvements you make to your home add value and beauty rather than headaches.

Source

National Association of Home Builders

About the Author
Gigi Siguenza is a freelance writer who also works in products & marketing. Schooled in commercial art and design, she formerly worked as a kitchen and bath design specialist.



*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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