Home Projects Best Left to Contractors
According to SoFi, the average cost of remodeling a home is anywhere between $15,000 and $200,000 on average. That’s not exactly pocket change! However, it’s not necessarily a surprise. The reason remodeling is so expensive is because of labor and materials, but also because you need the expertise of a general contractor.
Sure, there are a number of DIY projects for your home that you can tackle yourself. These might include fixing the sink, installing shelving, painting the front door, tearing old carpet off your stairs, or planting an evergreen border around your yard. But for bigger projects, Elite Fence Services shares some tips and resources.
General Contractor Rules
First, you need to be mindful of certain hazards (especially where electricity is concerned), and realistic in regards to what you can do on your own. And, generally speaking, you should hire a contractor if the job lasts more than a week, requires more than one permit, or calls for various professionals doing different jobs. Even for smaller jobs that might be feasible for you to complete, such as installing a new range hood to provide more fresh air in your kitchen or converting a guest room into a home office, if you feel uncomfortable tackling the project by yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Otherwise, it could be more difficult in the long run – and that’s contrary to why you’re interested in remodeling in the first place.
A contractor can be enormously helpful, but also keep in mind that there are contractors out there you want to avoid. Be wary if a contractor only accepts cash, goes door-to-door drumming up business, asks you to pay for the project upfront, or insists that certain repairs can’t wait and need to happen now.
Some common scams you might encounter include contractors doing unnecessary work to beef up the bill, or doing a sl