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When your home is at a certain age, it’s time for a remodel. You don’t have to go all out with a remodel, either. You can do it all at once, or do what a lot of people do, which is remodel small sections of the house at a time.

You know as well as I do that there are great home builders and not-so-great ones. They have used many different materials and methods in the past, some of which have been known to break down quicker than others. If you’re noticing this with your own home, the time may be near to plan some DIY home improvement projects.

For example, if your home has three bathrooms, it’s easy to take a 1-3 weeks to remodel one bathroom, while allowing the others to be used during that time. It may be a little more tricky with areas of your home that are high traffic areas (like the kitchen), but with proper planning, you can make it through and have a more beautiful, higher valued home.

Scale

The first consideration you should make is the scale of the project at hand. If you’re planning on redoing some tile, you may just opt to do it yourself through online learning and videos. It’s much easier than it used to be!

You can do a simple search to find out the perfect flooring, tile, drywall materials, etc depending on the intended use. If you’re not super confident in the decision-making process, a general contractor may be able to recommend specific options and local connections to help you out.

Cost

The hardest thing to accurately predict is the total cost of the remodeling. An estimate from the general contractor is one thing, but simply adding up the material cost off the top of your head usually isn’t definitive enough.

If you’re content doing everything yourself, it can take weeks or even months of planning. Ordering the tools and materials online can save some real cash, but shipping and researching can be tedious. Some people are more “gung-ho” than others, you’ll have to decide for yourself if saving money is more important than the other factors. If so, there are many resources to help you through, though you’ll have to have the grit to put them into practice.

Time

Many people start a project with excitement only to find out that the job will take longer than expected. If you’re planning a major renovation to your home, figure that you’ll be busy with it for more than a weekend.

We’ve all been to homes where a project was started but wasn’t completed for months afterward. The consensus is: if you don’t absolutely need the area in which the remodel will take place, plan for and do it yourself. If it’s technically difficult or needs to be done in a timely manner, it may be advantageous to consult with an expert. If everything checks out, you’ll be able to rely on their expertise and remove some of the stress associated with it.

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