There are lots of reasons for someone to handle their own home remodeling projects. In fact, entire industries are devoted to helping “weekend warriors” tackle their own do-it-yourself projects. However, while this might be a great way to save money and enjoy a sense of satisfaction, there are still some projects you simply shouldn’t attempt without professional assistance. For example, these are the home remodeling projects Virginia homeowners shouldn’t undertake on their own:
- Resurfacing hardwood floors. One of the most desired features in a home is lovely hardwood floors. However, due to their nature, this type of flooring often becomes scuffed and scarred with use. Resurfacing them is extremely labor intensive and potentially hazardous, since it will kick up vast amounts of dust, as well as expose nails. That’s why this frustrating job should be left to the professionals.
- Building a retaining wall. The Internet is littered with videos of what happens when an under-supported wall collapses. This usually happens when walls aren’t properly built. To do so requires special tools, supplies, and equipment. It can be a costly endeavor to try and build a retaining wall by yourself, but it can be even costlier and dangerous if it collapses on you or a loved one. Hire a professional to do the job, and save yourself a headache.
- Installing a gas fireplace. The smallest, slightest leak in any of the connections of a gas fireplace can be disastrous. This is definitely a job that should be handled by a professional for the safety of you, your family, and your neighbors. No matter how confident you are, this is and always will be a job that should only be tackled by a trained, licensed professional with years of experience.
- Removing lead-based paint. This is another task that is above the average DIY-ers pay grade. Lead is extremely poisonous, and ingesting this element can damage kidneys, lead to hearing loss, and severely impede the growth and development of children. Homes are no longer painted with this type of paint, but there are still homes on the market where the paint exists and may need to be stripped. The cost to remove this is substantial, but the risk far outweighs the rewards of doing it yourself.
Undertaking home improvement projects is a decision that should be carefully thought out and planned. Hiring the experts at Criner Remodeling for your home remodeling projects in Virginia will ensure that your ideas are carried out to the highest standards and you are fully satisfied with the outcome. For more information, please contact our offices at (757) 868-6200.