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June 23, 2015

5 Signs You Should Hire A Professional for Your Next Home Improvement Project

by Kim

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Summer is a great time to start home improvement projects. Having your house all torn up is less of a burden when you’re planning to spend most of your time outdoors anyway. But before you start any renovation project, it’s best to first determine if you should hire a professional to do some or all of the work. Not sure if you should call for help? If you identify with one or more of these five scenarios – it’s time schedule a consultation with a contractor or designer.

You’re not handy or lack the necessary skills

DIY not your thing? Don’t worry – you’re in good company. Most of us can tackle simple home improvement tasks, but more involved projects, like renovating a bathroom or installing motorized window treatments, are best left to the professionals. After all, they’re called skilled tradesman for a reason.

You need a professional opinion

You finally decided to redecorate the living room, but you’re experiencing major decorator’s block. If you’re struggling to come up with design inspiration or the right solution for your project, get help from a design professional. Want product samples and ideas brought right to your home? Then make sure to take advantage of free in-home design services offered by brands and retailers. Because let’s be real, it’s nearly impossible to tell how something will look in your space without actually bringing it or a sample home.

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You’re too busy

Most renovation projects are a major time suck, so even if you have the necessary DIY skills to complete your task, you may not have the required free time due to busy work and family schedules. Lucky for you, there are folks whose full-time job it is to complete renovation projects for you, so check out classified review sites like Houzz, HomeAdvisor or Angie’s List for a list of recommended contractors for your project.

The project scope is too large

Some projects like a complete kitchen overhaul or adding a second story are impossible to complete all by yourself. When the scope of a project is too large, you must hire people to help you get the job done. Just make sure you do your due diligence on the contractors you hire. Large-scale renovations usually require a significant investment to complete, so you want each task to be done right the first time.

You have the budget

If you have the budget, make your life easier and let a professional handle all the details. That doesn’t mean you can be totally hands-off, but you should be able to reduce the amount of time it would take to select materials, fixtures or other project details.

So you’ve decided to hire a professional – now what? Before you begin contacting potential contractors and design experts, make sure to complete these important pre-projects steps.


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Fabric junkie, who has been in the window coverings industry for 15 years. I view window coverings as a functional, yet stylish element of the room that should not be overlooked when decorating.

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