Pitfalls of DIY Renovations
The Hidden Costs
Separation or Divorce
Home Renovations Make 12 Percent of Couples Consider Divorce, According To Houzz Survey
The Huffington Post | By Shana Ecker | 07/31/2013
Although it’s exciting to start a home renovation, there are, of course, some drawbacks. Remodeling projects can go over budget, get behind schedule and, according to design and home improvement website Houzz, wreak havoc on relationships.
More than half of the respondents from a survey distributed by the site reported that renovating was a particularly frustrating and stressful time in their marriages. And a surprising 12 percent even admitted that their projects led them to consider a separation or divorce. Yikes! But what are couples fighting over?
One third attested their conflicts to battling styles, according to the survey. Marriage counselor Julie Schwartz Gottman discussed the topic of disagreeing over design with The Wall Street Journal and said “if somebody doesn’t feel understood, it can sit there festering and trickle out into the rest of the marriage.”
To overcome this, Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy suggests that instead of attempting to mix personalities within the same space, let each spouse have a room to decorate as they wish. But that’s as long as one partner hasn’t already thrown out the other’s stuff without them knowing, a habit of one in five of the respondents. The biggest offenders reported were old furniture, posters and artwork.
Click through our list of DIYs you probably shouldn’t tackle.
Cutting down trees, or even removing branches requires climbing and working with dangerous tools from a high distance off the ground. This is disaster waiting to happen, and definitely something better left to professionals who are trained and paid to do this!
Home Additions Or Structural Changes
Knocking down walls might seem like a simple task, but behind those walls could be electrical wiring, gas pipes and plumbing that can cause huge problems in your home. Rather than taking a chance, consult a contractor first!
Paving Your Driveway
Paving stones can turn a boring driveway into a focal point. And while they look relatively simple to install, the reality is that the measuring and positioning of paving stones can be tremendously time-consuming. (Think of it as a game of Tetris on steroids.) But a team of professionals can cut installation down to a day, depending on your driveway size.
It’s one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair faulty wiring or any other electrical issues without professional help. Working with electrical wires can be deadly and the proper precautions and knowledge are crucial.
Unless it’s something simple like unclogging a toilet or fixing a drain, messing with plumbing can cause major dilemmas (Just think about an overflowing toilet or unstoppable burst in a pipe…not fun). It’s always better to ask a plumber before trying to tackle any plumbing issues on your own.
Repairing An Above Ground Pool
While we’re sure most people wouldn’t attempt to tackle a project like this on their own, we figure we should mention that it would be extremely dangerous to make these repairs. All it takes is one loose piece of siding, and the entire pool could collapse.
Besides the fact that working on top of a roof is very risky because one could easily lose their footing and slip, it can also be detrimental to your home’s structure if you don’t know the proper way to install or repair roofing. If you are going to check the roof for damages or cleaning gutters, bring a friend and proceed with caution.
If done properly, siding can last for years. But if siding is not securely installed, weather conditions can tear it off, or seep underneath, causing harm to the frame of your home. Rather than taking this chance, it’s safer to have a professional install it properly.
Adding Or Replacing Windows
Specialized tools and methods are required to properly install new windows to make sure they are well insulated and secure. While it can be costly, a professional can ensure that you’ll be comfortable in your home for years to come.
Creating An Outdoor Kitchen
We’re the first to admit outdoor kitchens are fantastic, but attempting to put one in yourself could be disastrous. It might seem easy enough (a little flooring and a grill-station) but you could end up with a half-finished patio and plumbing gone awry. So while it might be tempting to build one in your backyard, ask yourself if you’ll really use the kitchen year-round…and then, of course, call in a pro.