To DIY or Not To DIY?

There are always areas in our home that need a little love. Perhaps you’re not sure whether to get some outside help or not? When we’re thinking about doing home improvement DIY-style, there are some important things to consider. First of all, is it worth the time and the effort you need to spend? Your home may be disrupted for extended periods of time. This is why it’s important to think about whether you will be alright with that.

Of course, doing projects on your own will save you money on labour, but it is a big thing to do, and should not be taken lightly. These projects can also be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing so think long and hard about the consequences of your project before beginning. If you’re unsure about what you can and can’t do, here are some tips for the most common home improvement projects:

Re-designing your garden

When designing your new garden, there are some things you can do, and others that are best left to the professionals. A very entertaining aspect of redoing your garden is designing a garden that will work for you and your family! Would you prefer to have a nice lawn to play on, a lush vegetable garden or flower beds to infinity? Depending on your family, your preferences and your current garden, you decide.

It’s always good ask a professional for advice when they come in to do “hard” landscaping, like installing patios or walls. For “soft” landscaping such as laying wood chips on a path or planting flower beds, you can decide to do this on your own, or to outsource the work. Do what you like and delegate what you don’t enjoy!

Installing a conservatory

Having a conservatory installed will really increase the value of your home, and offer other great benefits for you as the owner of the house. You’ll have more light, better ventilation and more space for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately this can be very expensive, and while some of the conservatory installation costs might be lowered by you carrying out the job yourself, it can be dangerous. This depends on the type of conservatory and work needed.

If you decide to purchase a lean-to conservatory that doesn’t need foundation work, you could be able to install it yourself. If not, you’ll have to call a professional in, because building work is very hard to undo.

Getting replacement windows

New windows can add thousands of pounds to a home’s value, especially if they’re pretty worn to begin with. If you go for bay windows, this effect is more pronounced. These allow for extra space for you to decorate according to your personal taste, add light and better ventilation to a home. However, this job is best done by an experienced professional. You can find them on sites like www.getawindow.co.uk. Installing windows is difficult, dangerous and expensive to fix when done wrong. So save up your money and get a trustworthy local professional to do the job for you, and bring extra light into your home!

Whether you want to change absolutely everything about a room or just add a few accent features that could change the whole feel of a space, you want to know whether you can save money on labour expenses or not. Do lots of research both before hiring someone and before embarking on a home improvement project yourself. This is to avoid making expensive mistakes. They could potentially take away value from your home or make it uncomfortable to live in.

Extending your kitchen

Making your kitchen bigger could make your day-to-day life a lot better. This is because you’ll have more space to cook, eat and spend time with your family. Plus, you can totally revamp your layout and design. You can turn your old worn kitchen into a beautiful modern area. This often involves knocking down walls and doing some heavy duty building work, which is best left to professionals.

You also want to hire someone to put in your kitchen appliances. This is because if they are installed wrong it could be the bane of your life for the foreseeable future. However, putting in small fixtures, staining wood and painting walls can be done DIY-style, so save where you can on big projects like these!

Re-doing your bathroom

If you’re going to be knocking down walls or putting double glazing in for instance, you will want to hire a professional. Putting in new tiles can also be extremely tricky not only to do right but also to fix if it goes awry. On the other hand, this is a perfect project for those who want to do some home improvement but not the whole shebang.

Have an experienced expert do the heavy lifting and the dirty work. This way, you are left to do the finishing like painting and installing small fixtures. If you’re looking for a good compromise, this is it. If you haven’t got the expertise, time or energy to do everything yourself, but want to feel the satisfaction of a job well done, invest your energy where it’s worth something.

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