Avoiding Home Renovation Disasters

The spring like weather has everyone dreaming about a new kitchen, a brand new deck, or a fresh coat of paint in their living room. As there is no problem tackling home renovations by yourself, we have all heard the horror stories of a DIY project gone wrong. Hitting an obstacle that increases your costs or timeline can be a big headache for anyone. However, if you are correctly educated  you won’t come across any stress or chaos.

Know when to hire a professional:

While it is true that some home renovation projects can be done by an amateur, other projects require more experience. You should weigh out the costs and assess how dangerous a job is before you jump in and tackle it.

Only you know what you’re capable of and what sort of tasks you can handle. However hiring a contractor who has the specialized tools and equipment can be cheaper. We suggest hiring a pro for the following tasks:

  • Electrical- Hiring a licensed electrician can ensure all the wiring work gets done correctly.
  • Plumbing- Doing your own plumbing is definitely not a job for an amateur. Running into damaged pipes can cost a lot of unanticipated money.
  • Roofing- Even if heights don’t scare you, climbing on your roof without the appropriate safety gear could result in serious injuries.
  • Structural Changes- Adding on a garage or staircase can require permits even if it’s just a small upgrade. Knocking down an important wall because you are inexperienced, can cause you a large headache.


Renovations cost a lot of money and seem to increase in costs the further you get in the renovation process. The biggest advice is to calculate the real cost of the project you plan on completing yourself.

Supplies and permits are not the only costs. Remember that if you plan on doing it yourself, you need to consider your own time and effort. If you are missing work to get the job done, you need to add your lost wages into the cost. Compare the real costs to the cost of hiring out a contractor and see if the project is really worth your time, money, and effort.

Take safety precautions:

If you plan to DIY, hospital or doctor bills will certainly drive up the cost of a cheap project. Here are a few tips you can take to ensure safety:

  • Wear protective clothes and glasses- Make sure you wear a hard hat, proper foot wear, and googles if you are working with big tools. Harnessing yourself in while working at high heights is suggested.
  • Have first aid nearby- A simple First Aid Kit with bandages, ointment, and gauze can take care of any minor injuries that might arise.
  • Check your Insurance policy-  Check with your broker to see if you are protected under your policy for any injuries that may occur. Insurance companies will tell you that your policy covers any guests on your property from getting hurt. However, because you assume the risk of the renovations you, as the homeowner, may not be covered.

Doing home renovations on your own can definitely save you money. But doing a project that you are not prepared for can cause a whole lot of fuss. Make sure you do your research and take your time, so your cheap, easy renovation doesn’t turn into a long, expensive disaster.


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