No matter how vigilant you are about maintaining your home, it will deteriorate over time. Eventually, you will need to invest in some upgrades to keep the home looking good and to protect your investment. Even if your home was built with the finest materials and you took pristine care of it, eventually, the style of the home would be dated and you would still have to make those renovations. Imagine still having that Pepto Bismol-pink tub in your bathroom from the 1950s!
You may be able to do some of the work on some of the upgrades yourself, but sometimes, attempting to DIY just isn’t worth it. Here’s a look at some of the important home upgrades you will eventually have to make over the years, with some things to consider about whether you should attempt the work yourself:
A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular upgrades that homeowners make. Some people get tired of looking at the dated linoleum and wallpaper in their bathrooms, and others realize that the chipped tile and molded grout can no longer pass for safe or sanitary. Still others just decide they want a spa-like bathroom instead of the cramped, utilitarian space they have now.
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A bathroom remodel is one of those things you most certainly want to leave to the pros. It’s too easy to make a major mistake with the plumbing or even with the tile cutting that could end up hurting you or costing you thousands of dollars. A plumbing error could cause a slow leak that you don’t even see, spreading water damage throughout your home. Mistakes with the tile could cause drainage issues, allow mold to spread, and much more. You could easily end up costing yourself a lot more money and heartache by trying to do this work yourself. Just hire the professionals and get it right the first time.
The kitchen is perhaps the second most popular place to remodel after the bathroom. Sometimes, the remodel can be as simple as changing out the appliances, and you can certainly handle that job yourself. However, most remodelers look at upgrading the cabinets, either by replacing them completely or by re-painting them or replacing the cabinet and drawer fronts. When you are looking to do this kind of work, it is important that you hire the professionals to do it for you.
Ripping out cabinets and countertops is a big job that can easily lead to injury or damage to the home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even trying to replace cabinet fronts can be a challenging job, and re-painting cabinets is not as easy as it seems. To get the job done quickly and to have it done right the first time, you really need to hire someone with experience and training that you don’t have.
Just replacing your floors can make your home feel like a whole new place. Ripping out those old carpets and putting in new hardwood floors can transform the space in a way you may not believe. Even taking out old wood floors and putting in new ones can make a major difference.
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Depending on your skill level and the condition of your home, this is a job you may be able to do yourself. Where you’ll run into trouble is if the subfloor has problems and needs to be repaired or replaced. You may also have problems if you try to take out carpeting and put in tile, for example, and find that the subfloor does not have the proper support for such a project. If you are considering a heavier flooring type or you find issues with the subfloor, call a contractor for help. Otherwise, you may be able to successfully manage this upgrade on your own.
Every home needs a good upgrade once in a while. Not only will it improve your enjoyment of the home, but it will increase the home’s value. Make sure you know what you’re in for before you try to do any of the work yourself. Always call a contractor to be on the safe side.
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