The unwritten law of home repair and renovation is that almost everything takes more time, money, and often skill than you plan on. What seems like a minor project can become major in an instant. You may even find that Murphy's Law takes hold and everything that can go wrong will. To prepare for this scenario, you should ask yourself some serious questions to outsmart the ubiquitous Murphy.
What If Your Problems Are More Than Skin Deep?
Especially if you have an older home, doing a minor kitchen renovation can uncover a budget-sapping electrical or plumbing problem you must fix before you get on with your plans. Many times, what you uncover is a potential safety issue, so you have no choice about fixing it. You have to consider whether you have the skills to attend to what you find. Just because you think you can handle installing a floor, light fixture, or a faucet does not mean you are prepared to rewire or replace power line. You need to call in a contractor, at least for this part of the project. This is a wise choice, but it will add to your budget.
What Is Your Vision For The Project?
The bigger the project you want to do, the more likelihood it is than will exceed your design expertise. You may think you know what you want to do, but if you are planning on much more than cosmetic fixes, calling in an interior designer will give you some great ideas. Many home stores and even contracting firms have design services that will help you clarify or maybe even redefine your vision. Even if you are tackling a landscaping job outside, a consultation from a nursery with a landscape designer can get you on the right track.
What Is Your Skill Level?
DIY projects are good training opportunities as long as you do not try to greatly exceed your skill level. Have you ever done the type of work before? Do you have time to learn?...