Three of the Worst DIY Home Projects

DIY projects to avoidDo-it-yourself? Or, don’t-do-it-yourself? That is the question.

Thanks to the digital world, homeowners today are exposed via smartphones, tablets and other devices to countless DIY home remodeling ideas and tutorials. However, successfully executing some of these projects can be much more difficult than simply swiping a video and following along.

In many cases, even simple projects that seem like quick fixes can abruptly lead to disaster if the DIYer doesn’t have the experience or materials to get the job done correctly. Ultimately, even one mistake can translate into thousands of dollars lost when it comes time to sell.

The bottom line: It’s often worth the investment to go with a professional. Here are four common DIY projects to avoid:

Major Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen remodeling projects can be a big job, but they can be an even bigger undertaking — and major cost — if homeowners try to install their own cabinets and appliances.

Many of the new cabinetry, refrigerators, dishwashers and other high-tech appliances available on the market today are expensive, so it makes sense to hire a professional who can install everything the right way the first time around.

Tile Work

Like painting, laying down new tile in the kitchen, bathroom or even foyer, can be a great way to enhance the overall appearance and experience of your property.

However, good tile work is more than just lining up little squares. Most Phoenix home remodelers have all the best and most effective, high-end, professional tiling equipment and tools. They also are more experienced in working with a variety of property styles –  whether old or new. This is key when it comes to keeping everything level, checking pipes and other difficult obstacles.

Roof Issues

Fixing expensive roof problems may not be at the top of your priority list, but that doesn’t mean it’s an area where you should attempt a DIY project.

One issue: Climbing up high on a ladder can put the lives of DIYers in danger. In addition, without the right expertise, it can be difficult to correctly identify the source of leaks or other problems. Studies have shown that DIY roof repairs can also have a seriously negative impact on a home’s value.

Remember: A poor remodeling job can send the wrong message to visitors and potential buyers, showing that the owners aren’t invested enough in their homes to spend money on professional-quality work.

At Republic West, we’ve completed more than 15,000 home remodeling projects since 1995 — countless kitchen, bath, room remodels and additions. If you are looking for a Phoenix home remodeler, visit our website today.

Jim Weisman (687 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.