Home improvement projects seem to have no season. While many big outdoor projects happen in spring and summer, homeowners may find the best time to work on a renovation project is when contractors are available or materials are less expensive. In fact, if your project is not weather-dependent, you might get a better deal at some other time of year.
No matter when you plan your next home project, our bloggers have tips that can ease your mind.
DO IT YOURSELF OR HIRE IT OUT?
One of the first questions you may consider is whether to do the work yourself or hire a contractor. The internet is full of videos showing step by step how to complete almost any task. If you have the skills, you might get just what you want by doing it yourself. But if you’re short on time, you might be willing to pay for the services of a professional craftsman. Some projects also bring significant safety risks. If you don’t know the territory, you’re probably safer hiring out the work. Our blogger goes into detail about what to look for in a contractor.
FOR THE DIY OPTION
If you already decided to tackle a project yourself, there are some things you can do to make sure you get the best results. Preparation is key, but you also need to pay attention to items that could pose a safety hazard or cause unwanted damage. One of our bloggers is an accomplished DIYer and speaks from experience on things to do … and things to avoid.
DIY HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS
One upgrade on many home improvement lists is the home security system. With all the Wi-Fi technology that’s available, many systems no longer require drilling holes and fishing wires through walls. Because of this, homeowners are attempting projects themselves. What should you consider when planning a home security system? There are pros and cons to all the available devices, and even whether you SHOULD do it yourself or hire a home security consultant. Our blog offers food for thought.
BASIC POWER TOOL SAFETY
Most home DIY projects require some sort of tool. You can assume that most homeowners have basic hand tools, but falling costs mean electric, gas-powered and air-powered tools are no longer out of reach of most homeowners. And for highly specialized tasks, you can affordably rent the specialized tools to get the job done. Whether you own or rent, make sure you use power tools safely.
AND DON’T FORGET INSURANCE
And remember that home improvement projects do just that: Improve your home. After all your diligent work – whether you do it yourself or hire a professional – be aware that the improvement can increase the value of your home. In case of a loss, you don’t want to be caught underinsured. Whenever you plan a renovation, touch base with your insurance agent to make sure your policy keeps up.
This loss control information is advisory only. The author assumes no responsibility for management or control of loss control activities. Not all exposures are identified in this article.