Why DIY Home Renovations Are A Bad Idea

Author: Serena Laye - Personal Real Estate Corporation - Pathway Executives Realty Inc. | | Categories: Buying A Home , Buying A House , Buying A Property , Chilliwack Realtor , Home Appraisal , Home Evaluation , Real Estate Agent , Real Estate Investment , Real Estate Listings , Selling A Home , Selling A House , Selling A Property


DIY or do-it-yourself projects are great for creative activities and an excellent opportunity to overcome economic constraints. However, with more information about renovations readily available on the internet, many believe almost any home improvement project can be completed economically as a DIY.

If you’re looking to get your hands dirty with a large-scale home renovation, you have a lot to consider before you get started. If you plan to add or alter electrical points and plumbing during your project, we strongly advise you to drop the idea of a DIY and call in a professional. Taking on your own plumbing and electrical work without experience can lead to unexpected problems and even increase your expenses. Not to mention, it can depreciate the value of your property.

To give you an idea of where your project can go wrong when you DIY, professional realtor Serena Laye has covered the top three reasons why DIY home renovations are a bad idea.

1. Non-compliance with standards from the City.
When installing or modifying plumbing and electrical networks, a set of safety standards must be followed to avoid injuries, damages, and liabilities. Certified professionals are aware of these standards as the City enforces them. On the other hand, as a non-professional, you may not know of the essential guidelines for safe and productive work. Also, you may not have access to the necessary work permits, required for the City to verify that your work is done correctly. Moreover, to perform plumbing or electrical work, you must be certified by the right authorities.

2. Financial implications.
While DIY home renovations appear cheaper, there are many financial implications you could encounter. If you plan to base your renovation project on a YouTube tutorial, there is a good chance that when you sell the house, buyers will ask you to redo it. Even though it costs you (the seller) time and money to renovate your bath, kitchen, or the entire house, if the job is not done to perfection as a professional would do, your potential buyer will not value the renovation done.

3. Safety hazards and damages.
If your plumbing and wiring are done without training, you are likely to face problems. With improper electrical alterations or installations, you could experience issues as significant as short circuits and electrical fires. Poor plumbing can also lead to problems like excessive water damage. However, if these renovation jobs are done correctly on the first attempt, you could save thousands of dollars without risking your safety!

Do things right - Hire a professional
If you’re considering renovating your house, hiring an experienced contractor is the most critical decision you can make. A professional can help execute your project correctly and back up their work in case a problem arises. Also, they usually have insurance coverage should accidents or damages occur.

With an expert catering to your renovation needs, you eliminate rework costs and ensure your requirements are met as per your expectations. Your professional will take the time to understand your needs and communicate their ideas and action plan.

In case you’re worried about outrageous costs before you hire a professional, get quotes for the same job from at least three different renovation contractors. In case their prices are still beyond your budget, depending on the job you want to be done, you can speak to an electrician or a plumber to meet your technical requirements to perfection.

If you’re looking for help to increase the value of your home, reach out to Serena Laye Personal Real Estate Corporation. As a renowned realtor in Chilliwack, BC, I have connections with leading renovation contractors throughout British Columbia. At the same time, I understand how the real estate market works, which means I can effectively guide you through the best renovations practices to increase your property’s value.

Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in real estate, I make myself available to you throughout your real estate journey. Similarly, I work hard to make sure all your needs are catered to, and the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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