DIY Disasters

November 16, 2017

It’s that time of the year where you are stuck inside, hiding from the unfavorable weather, and find yourself looking at Pinterest. One thing leads to another and you find yourself looking up ideas for that bathroom remodel that you never got to since buying the home… in 2007. You’re thinking, “Wouldn’t it be a nice thing to have for the holidays?” Now 1 in 4 people are going to attempt the DIY route. You convince the Mr. to tackle this project with you, so you dust off your toolbox and get to work. Everything is ripped to the studs and the last thing you thought about was how you are not a plumber. Furthermore, the plumbing does not match up with your Pinterest ideas nor your timeline of getting this project done.


Now this isn’t something that you could’ve anticipated being a novice home remodeler. This is O.K because HGTV has brainwashed you to think this is a simple process and you can get it done in a week tops. Just like Law and Order has convinced you that you can find, try and sentence a criminal in about an hour.


While you were “Pinteresting” away, were you thinking about the mold that may be under that old tub? Or the fact that you are going to need to run more plumbing to add that second sink? What will all this cost realistically? With hiring a contractor, there would be anticipation of all these problems and there would be someone to remedy any issue right there. You would not leave the bathroom in an unfavorable condition while you wait for the plumber you called to fix it next week. Additionally, you are using your week of vacation from work to complete this project. When ,in reality, there is no way that this is getting done in one week without professionals. Now you have just wasted an entire week of vacation that you could have been taking to spend time with the family. Not to mention that bathroom will not get done in time for that Christmas dinner you planned on having all the family attend. That being said, don’t serve any of that punch you have every year.


This puts the emphasis on the importance of planning, budgeting, and the inevitable need for professional help.


Let’s say you do manage to get everything done, plumbing, drywall, electric, etc. Is it done to code? When you sell the house in 5 years, will it pass inspection?


Having the confidence and benefits of a contractor outweighs the costs you think you may be saving whilst doing it yourself. Starting with the planning that goes into it; it makes for a better end product, one closer to what you Pinned on your Pinterest Board. You should also use a company, such as Blackwood, that utilizes technology to create a 3D rendering of what the final product will be, at no extra charge. This is so that you can better see what the finished product will look like as well as make tweaks to your liking.


Not only can you see what the project will look like ahead of time, but you can also better plan for budget. Often times people that ‘do it themselves’ buy things as they go, losing track of how much is really going into the project. This leads to many people going over budget or sacrificing that herringbone tile or light fixture that they really wanted. Getting a written estimate that includes both labor and materials can be both comforting and lead to a more cohesive project.


Lesson learned? Don’t DIY unless you plan on calling Blackwood to fix it!

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