What’s on your “honey-do” list? If it’s a bathroom remodel or a kitchen renovation, think again. Even though 28 percent of do-it-yourselfers have a bathroom project on their lists and 23 percent have kitchen makeovers, it might be a good idea to evaluate the job before undertaking it.
First, bathroom and kitchen remodeling jobs are usually quite time intensive. By their very nature, they are complicated and will eat up your free time. They don’t call it “sweat equity” for nothing. Even if you’re handy and have good ideas, sometimes it’s better to bring in a professional. If you really have your heart set on doing it yourself, consider negotiating with professional tradesmen and acting as the coordinator. Or, hire a general contractor but make sure it’s one who will make you part of the team – from fixture selection to detailing. This approach will be cheaper in the long run, because these tradesmen and general contractors know exactly what they’re doing. Their quality of work is up to par, and you can be confident that the job is done right. There are less likely to be “do-overs,” and if there are, you’re covered. If you have any doubt about your skills in anything – from framing and dry walling to electrical or plumbing, don’t start on a new kitchen or bath. Leave it to the experts.
You can take comfort in the fact that even people who do remodeling and construction for a living often hire someone else to do their home remodeling work. Why? Their time is precious. So when you hear the words, “honey do?” and “kitchen or bath remodeling” in the same sentence, remember what the professionals do. They’d rather spend their precious time with friends and family – wouldn’t you?