Home improvement projects and renovations can be a great way to add value to your home and upgrade your living space. And, with the vast amount of DIY inspiration, access to how-to training videos, and an uptick in the savvy consumer mentality it can be tempting to hop on the DIY trend, but don’t think that all projects can and should be tackled by yourself. According to ImproveNet’s survey of 2,000 American’s who tried at least one DIY home improvement project in November 2018, one in three respondents had to call in a professional to fix their botched work.

How do projects go wrong?

While on paper DIY home improvement projects can promise money saved and emotional satisfaction, executing these projects is a lot more difficult than reading instructions or pressing play on a youtube video. The reality is that DIY home improvement projects oftentimes end up causing homeowners bigger pains (financially, emotionally and even physically) than gains.

In fact, according to ImproveNet’s survey 55% of respondents said their projects took longer than anticipated, 48% said their projects were technically much harder than they anticipated and 17% said their projects cost more than anticipated.  50% of respondents said their DIY projects were physically much more demanding than they originally thought and 6% reported suffering from a DIY caused injury. All in all, the survey found almost 2/3 of respondents regretted one or more DIY projects.

No matter how DIY projects go wrong, they usually end up costing you a lot more than you had anticipated.

The benefits of hiring a professional.

While some DIY jobs can be easier to tackle and complete yourself than others, that doesn’t mean the results are satisfactory or even comparable to the results of a professional’s work. According to ImproveNet’s survey, among homeowners disappointed with their results, over half said the final project didn’t look good, 24% Said the project didn’t function correctly and 21% said the project didn’t hold up over time.

Many times, it is best to call in a pro. And, with spring right around the corner, many of us are thinking up to tackle a home improvement project in the next few months. Learn from other’s mistakes and don’t risk the damage DIY projects can cause. Attempting a difficult home improvement project typically winds up costing you a lot more than you thought-especially when most of us attempting a DIY project have a goal of saving money. A professional can ensure the project looks good, functions properly, and holds up over time.

What projects should not be DIY?

Certain, smaller DIY projects can be manageable depending upon your experience level, physical capabilities, and resources. But, we know one job that should NEVER be attempted without the help of a professional: kitchen and bathroom refinishing projects.

Not only can attempting refinishing be dangerous, but the results are never as good as they are when done by a refinisher. And, according to ImproveNet’s survey, 30% of respondents said they regretted attempting cabinet, countertop, and tile projects themselves.

Hiring a professional refinisher at NAPCO will assure the job is done right – the first time. We can even remedy botched refinishing work.

Countertop refinish before and after 

The top-notch results delivered by a refinishing professional makes your kitchen and bathrooms look and feel brand new while saving you time, money and the headaches that accompany DIY projects. NAPCO will help you choose a reputable refinisher. Don’t take a chance on a DIY kit or an unqualified contractor. To find a refinisher click here or call us today 1-800-888-1081.