Renovating your home is a challenging process, with more choices than you can imagine. In the midst DIY revolution, it’s really tempting to tackle your bathroom or kitchen renovation on a weekend. While owning and maintaining a home demands a certain amount of Do It Yourself power, be careful to underestimate the power of the mighty Contractor. This is not a wood shop project that you can recycle if it doesn’t work out, this is your home.
A good contractor is your Guardian Angel. Remodels and builds take a lot of time, energy, patience and skill. It is a full time job, one which many choose to make a career. Contractors have the tools, knowledge and experience to get your project done right, well and in a timely fashion.
Never underestimate the power of experience. A contractor has done this before. They know what a realistic budget looks like, they know where to find the right products, and they know how to deal with surprises. Whenever you undertake a remodel, even the most carefully planned projects often come up with surprises. What to do with the unexpected is just another reason to pay a professional. When things go wrong your contractor will go to bat for you, to make sure things get back on track.
When all is said and done, the money you will have saved for doing it yourself will often not be the game changer you once thought. Consider the time and frustration you would have saved by hiring a contractor, factor it into your budget. When looking for contractors it is important to find someone that you work well with. Someone that you can share your vision with and that you can easily communicate with.
The following is a true story, adapted from a 1921 edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology...