If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, remodeling your basement can be an exciting prospect. The thought of having your own space to relax and unwind is an exciting one, and the fact that you’ll save money on contractors makes it even better. But before you take on this project yourself, know that it may not be for everyone. Remodeling a basement requires careful planning and attention to detail if you want everything to go smoothly. Here are some common mistakes we, at Reid Remodeling, want you to avoid from the start!
DIY Mistake #1 – Choosing to Handle Your Own Electrical Work
While it might seem tempting to replace electrical outlets or install light ﬁxtures yourself, it is best to leave this up to the professionals. Not only can it be easy to make mistakes that could cost you extra time and money, it can also be extremely dangerous to do yourself. At Reid Remodeling, the only shock we want you to have is at how beautiful your home looks when it’s all ﬁnished!
DIY Mistake #2 – Attempting to Install Your Own Flooring or Set Tile
As fun as it may seem to install new ﬂooring or set tile in your basement, it can also be a recipe for disaster. From incorrect placement and uneven surfaces, to bacteria growth, and dangers such as nails, this is deﬁnitely a job that we would not recommend to do yourself. Reid Remodeling has all the professional remodel experience you need and want to get the job done with a ﬁnished look we know you’ll love.
DIY Mistake #3 – Underestimating the Full Scope of Work
The idea of saving money can sometimes lead people to write DIY checks that their free-time and body can’t cash. When attempting to DIY your basement, keep in mind that it commonly takes 4-6 weeks for even the professionals to execute properly. Before starting any DIY work in your basement, ﬁrst ask yourself “What can I realistically accomplish myself?” & “How long will it take me to accomplish those tasks?”. If the scope of work seems a bit daunting, sometimes being honest with yourself in the beginning can save money and time by choosing what you would like to do yourself and what you would like to delegate to the professionals at Reid Remodeling.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your basement, it’s important to think about what kind of project this will be for you. Basement remodels can be complicated and time-consuming, requiring a lot of planning, building and materials. If you’re up for the challenge but don’t want to take on the whole thing by yourself then consider hiring Reid Remodeling to help create the vision you want for the price that ﬁts every budget!