DIY Always Saves Money
Just because you’re handy, doesn’t mean you should always do a home improvement project yourself. Things like major roofing projects, some electrical repairs and upgrades, and structural work may need the expertise of a professional. It’s always best to know and admit your limits.
Remodeling is Easy and Fast
Remodeling a home is no small undertaking, but one of the more recent home ownership myths has been driven by the rise of televised DIY projects. This so-called “Reality TV” effect has given a whole generation of viewers the impression that most renovation can be accomplished in 48 hrs, with plenty of room in the budget for a big reveal party. Unfortunately, that’s not normally how things run. For one thing, the flow of a reality show remodel is scripted, and the small crew shown is usually supplemented by a larger group of pros who do the lions share of work once the cameras are turned off.
Reality TV shows are great fun, but don’t fail to separate reality from the myths of reality TV. Instead, get a reality check free of myths with our ultimate guide to surviving a DIY remodel.
Green Means Expensive
It’s true that some “green” home improvement products can be more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but it’s not always true. Going green—whether it’s converting to solar or using green building practices —may save you money in the long run.