Many small renovation projects and home upgrades can be tackled by homeowners with enough spare time and a grasp of DIY skills. However, major home renovations should always be left to highly trained professionals with the appropriate tools and licences to carry out the work. Here are just a few reasons why you should always leave those big projects to the professionals.
Visions and practicality
It’s all very well visualising your dream home, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that what you imagine will work in practice. Before taking a sledgehammer to your party wall, ask a professional builder or structural engineer with experience in planning, design and construction to make sure that your vision is actually practical and functional. Their advice could save you a lot of money and heartache in the long run.
So you think you’ll save a fortune in professional labour costs by doing the work yourself? Although on the face of it this looks likely, even small errors can be incredibly costly, especially when it comes to things like rewiring and plumbing. Using a professional will make sure that the job is only done once; and it’s done right the first time!
It’s not uncommon for couples to disagree when it comes to deciding on renovation work. Your contractor will be able to offer their professional opinion on what will work and what simply won’t. Very often it’s the building contractor who is able to help the householders settle on a happy compromise.
Savings on materials
If you’re embarking on the renovation work yourself, you’ll probably be buying materials from your local DIY store or builder’s yard. This can be very expensive and your budget can very quickly go out of the window. Professional contractors have relationships with suppliers and wholesalers that will bring you considerable savings on things like flooring, tiles, kitchen and bathroom fittings and the like.
Anyone who has embarked on a home DIY project will know just how easy it is for the work to drag on and on! If you use a professional contractor to carry out your renovation work for you, they will provide you with time frames for completion of the job at the outset. It’s in their best interests to finish the job on time too as they will undoubtedly have other projects to move on to after completing yours.
Permissions and permits
A common trap that DIY renovators often fall into is failing to acquire the necessary permissions for extensions and building work. In extreme cases this can result in your local council demanding that your carefully crafted extension or conservatory is pulled down.
Professional building contractors will know exactly what paperwork needs to be in place before commencing work on your renovation, and can make sure that everything is in order before a brick is laid or a window replaced.
If you’re planning a major renovation or construction project for your home, always have a chat with professional, qualified contractors like Destin Constructions. They will be able to advise you on the practicality of your plans, provide you with an estimate of cost and a timeframe within which the work will be completed.