Pinching pennies on home repairs without compromising health

Written by view.com.au in Renovating

Buying a new home is typically not a cheap endeavor. To balance the high cost associated with acquiring real estate homeowners tend to look to Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, options to make their new home fit perfectly to their needs. DIY projects are certainly a great way to cut costs, take ownership of the space, and pride in your hard work but there are some areas of home maintenance and repair that should be left to professionals.

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DIY Heaven

  • Fresh Coat of Paint: Updating the color of walls can give a home a major face lift! Choosing a color that speaks to your soul makes the space feel tailored specifically to your tastes. Paint is a fairly inexpensive way to modernize a home that may be older and can bring light into a darker space. Research what colors best suit a specific type of room and test paint swatches on the walls to ensure that you truly connect with a color before committing. An accent wall featuring a bold color can also add a pop of personality! Paint is the space to be adventurous in because you can always paint over a color if you find your taste has evolved.
  • Staining Cabinets: Similar to painting a wall, staining cabinets can save you thousands! Instead of purchasing all new cabinetry, a simple stain can easily make older styles of cabinets seem like an intentional stylistic choice. The addition of new hardware can also help to modernize older looks, and allows for inexpensive personalization with very little effort required. Additionally, matching stain and hardware can help to make mismatched pieces look cohesive.

A Pro’s Paradise

  • Deconstruction/Wall Removal: Open floor plans are all the rage now and achieving one in an older home is fairly easy. All you have to do is knock down a wall. Simple enough, right? While knocking down a wall might be an appealing way to blow off steam, ensuring the wall you’d ideally like to remove is not load bearing is critical. Additionally deconstruction can be dangerous for air quality because the demolition process can send numerous particles floating into the air that you breathe. In older homes those particles can even be known carcinogens like asbestos, and inhaling asbestos particles in the only known cause of the rare and often fatal mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and impossible to identify with the naked eye. To avoid unknowingly exposing yourself and your family to the cancer causing toxin, professionals who know how to handle dangerous materials should be brought in. Construction crews will be better aware of the asbestos dangers and can engage with asbestos abatement professionals if necessary.

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  • Electrical/Rewiring: Electrical currents are nothing to mess with! Rewiring a home to meet your electrical usage is often necessary when moving into an older home that may not be initially set up to accommodate modern appliances. While switching out a faulty breaker and updating outlet covers in within the DIY scope, major rewiring is a daunting and dangerous task. To avoid risk of electrocution, electrical fires, and over extending circuits certified electricians should be hired to do any necessary rewiring.
  • New Flooring: Purchasing floor coverings, like rugs, is definitely a great first step to quell any less than appealing flooring. If you’re interested in a more invasive floor update that’s the time to call in the professionals. Floors need to be level – you don’t want a toy ball to go rolling down a decline inside the home due to an uneven floor. Additionally, flooring improperly layered over the old floor can lead to issues with doors shutting imperfectly and scraping against a floor that has gained height.

Getting a new space offers a fresh start and if handled properly DIY options can help alleviate monetary stress during the exciting transition period. Knowing when to call in a professional can be difficult, but err on the side of caution can be truly lifesaving, and will help save money in the long run!