Home Upgrade Guide: DIY project or call a pro?

This episode of Home Sweet Home is presented by Bella Construction

One of the greatest advantages of being a homeowner is being able to customize and upgrade your space anytime and to the way you want. Even small projects like repainting can change the look of a room in just one day. However, it can be easy to start a project that you think will only take a few days, and it ends up being a little more complicated than you expected! Sometimes it’s just better to start with a professional.

Below, we’ll break down simple home improvement ideas that you can do in any room in your home, and cover the projects that require professional know-how. While you might think you can get more sophisticated work done, many systems in your home can be dangerous without proper training. Use this guide to protect against dangers when upgrading your storage space.

kitchen

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Anyone can change the look of their kitchen without the need for commissioned help. With a lot of painter’s tape and patience, painting your cabinets can change the aesthetics dramatically. Cabinet knobs and drawer handles usually only require a screwdriver to change and can add a subtle, personal upgrade to your cooking area. There are even kits available that can restore or completely change the look of your countertops in just a few hours.

Call a professional

The repair of kitchen appliances is best left to the experts. Working on your home’s plumbing without plumbering experience can lead to bigger problems and expensive repairs. This means most homeowners shouldn’t be doing dishwasher, garbage disposal, and sink repairs. Whether gas or electric ovens, ovens can be dangerous for amateur repairs. Make sure your new equipment comes with the installation and call a professional if repairs are required.

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bathroom

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There are also endless bathroom upgrades that just about anyone can do themselves. A new vanity may be fine, but with some paint, new buttons, and maybe even a new mirror, you can turn any old vanity into something out of a magazine. Wall-mounted mirrors are also easy to replace, and with a few standard tools and an extra set of hands, you can add a little more of your style to this old mirror. Consider a peel-and-stick backsplash option to add a bit of flair to your bathroom and to complement the theme of your home throughout.

Call a professional

Bathroom repairs that seem simple can often be tricky and require a plumber. Consult a professional if you have leaking pipes or want to rearrange faucets in your bathroom. Aside from trying to stop a leak to prevent water damage, all repairs to the plumbing must be left to the professionals. Most people can re-grouting a tile shower, but removing and replacing existing tiles can be very difficult for beginners. Hire a contractor for all major bathroom renovations to ensure quality work.

Everywhere else

Home improvement

From living rooms and bedrooms to home offices and entertainment rooms, there are tons of options to upgrade where you spend most of the time. Instead of replacing your old carpets, try renting a carpet cleaner to restore what is already there. Dirty carpets look like new after just one cleaning. Like backsplashes, removable and sticky wallpapers are trendy and an easy way to create a custom look anywhere in your home. Curtains and blinds can be easily exchanged and can change the appearance of a room considerably. If you want to try your hand at woodworking, the pallet wood accent walls look amazing and are an easy project for beginners.

Call a professional

Like in kitchens and bathrooms, staying away from your home’s internal systems is the easiest way. An expert should repair any other home appliance such as washing machines and dryers or air conditioners. Changing lights or adding ceiling fans is only a job for experienced electricians. When it comes to pressurized water and gas or electricity, it is best to leave it to the professionals.

With a little work, you can dramatically improve your home in a short amount of time. Stick with cosmetic changes and leave any electrical or plumbing problems to a professional repairer. One project can make all the difference, so start upgrading today!

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