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Eco-Friendly Design - Know When NOT to Do it Yourself
When it comes to home remodeling, there is a lot that you have to plan and prepare for. If you have chosen to go with some kind of green remodeling or eco-friendly design, there is even more that you will have to worry about than if you would be doing a typical renovation project. Eco-friendly design is a great way to make a difference. Of course, you do need to make sure that you plan accordingly and understand what you’re up against so that you know how to go about it.
There are many remodeling projects that you can do on your own. People enjoy DIY renovation projects because they can feel accomplished and feel like they’re making a difference in the world and in their own home. However, there is a time and place for these projects and they aren’t possible in every situation. If you are going to embark on an eco-friendly design project, you need to know when it’s possible to do it on your own and when it’s better to hire professionals. Here are some things to keep in mind:
When NOT to DIY
If your eco-friendly remodeling project or design includes wiring, plumbing, or other skilled trades that should be done you will need to make sure that you hire professionals. Although it might seem like you can learn these things, it is far better to let the professionals do what they are trained to do.
If you are installing solar panels or wind generators and have no knowledge of installation practices or are not sure of your abilities, you should hire professionals. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
In Over Your Head?
Anytime you feel like you are in over your head or that you have a complicated task that you’re not sure of, it’s always best to hire someone to do the work for you. It may cost more, but they are trained and licensed for a reason.
Taking on DIY projects when it comes to eco-friendly design is always a fun and rewarding way to make a difference in your home and the envi...
Roofing Renovations: 5 Tips for Success and Savings
-Don’t replace the whole roof if you don’t need to. Often, people immediately see a leak or a spot that needs repaired and assume it is easier jus to replace the whole roof. If you’ve got the $5,000 or more that it will cost to do this, that’s fine. However, if you’re looking to make small improvements, check out the areas that are damaged or in need of a little help and only fix those areas. If you aren’t sure how to repair a single area of your roof, consult your local home improvement store for tips and suggestions.
-Save money on materials by putting in skylights or solar panels instead of shingles. If you replace even just a few areas with these elements, you can save a lot of money on materials. Plus, skylights are usually simple for DIY projects, as are solar panels. Home improvement stores and companies focus on providing materials designed especially for the do-it-yourselfer, including these types of products.
-If you do need to hire professionals, do it carefully. Find a company that is reputable, licensed and insured, and going to do the job for a fair price. Too many people go blindly into hiring a contractor only to be ripped off in the end. Don’t let this happen to you.
-If you’re doing your own renovations, make sure that you know all the little tricks and tips about installing a roof or repairing it. Leave a 1/8 inch gap in between the plywood, install the ice and water barrier, and use dry materials so that they don’t get distorted when they dry and ruin the whole project. These are just a few small tips, and there is more that you should know.
-Never forego profession...