Choosing the right home remodeling contractor can make all the difference in completing an amazing project, but you may wonder when you should contact a home remodeler. Should you always call a professional no matter the size of the project, or should you venture into do-it-yourself territory for all but the most complex projects?
In fact, there is no standard, one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to projects that require home remodeling contractors. However, conducting a little research can help you figure out whether you're on the right track as far as choosing a home remodeler or deciding on a do-it-yourself approach.
Finding a Home Remodeling Contractor to Fit Your Project
Not every project is the same when it comes to home remodeling, and the same can be said for remodeling companies. Consumer Affairs reveals:
"Choose a contractor who specializes in the type of remodel you need; someone who specializes in remodeling kitchens might not be ideal for your bathroom renovation. A home improvement contractor with a creative eye can also be helpful for certain projects. For instance, if you want to lay a tile entryway with a detailed mosaic or paint a room with a faux finish, you'll need a contractor who does that type of work well."
Some home remodeling contractors specialize in a very specific area – like bathrooms or roofing – but others earn their "general" title with experience in every facet of design and construction. The complexity of your project might benefit from a specialist. However, it's not uncommon for contractors to keep people on their payroll who are an expert in a specific area.
For example, your major kitchen overhaul might require that the plumbing for the sink, and the refrigerator is relocated from the east side to the south side of the kitchen. A general contractor might have a plumber on staff who covers this facet of the home remodeling process.
Consider: An experienced home remodeling contractor is invaluable for making sure you get the permits you need for the work you want to complete. Even if you're an amazing do-it-yourself expert, the permitting process can prove to be incredibly confusing for anyone who hasn't done it before.
Consider the Investment of Time in Your Project
One of the factors that comes into play when you plan a home remodeling project is the amount of time the project will take from start to finish. Painting walls might take a few days – or you might have a room painted in just a few hours. On the other hand, the process might actually take a few weeks if you have to repair the walls, scrape away old paint, or deal with an issue like water damage.
How long will your home remodeling project take, and do you have the time to spare?
"Many home improvement projects take weeks rather than days, especially if you're doing it yourself in your spare time. If you're planning to change out kitchen cabinets or countertops, know that your kitchen could be out of commission for a while. Measure the inconvenience against the cost of hiring a professional installer."
If you have an empty summer ahead of you, or you have no problem spending your yearly vacation on a home remodeling project, you might not mind that your life is disrupted by something like an out-of-commission bathroom or a completely gutted kitchen.
However, some projects take some time even when they're handled by professionals. It's never a bad idea to consider a consultation with a home remodeling contractor (many professionals offer a free initial consultation) to determine the length of time your project might take.
Even if you decide to tackle things on your own, you'll still have a good idea of what to expect with some basic information from a local contractor.
Work With Gettum Associates, Inc. on Your Next Home Remodeling Project
We're a full-service home remodeling company that can help you with every facet of your project from design and planning to execution and completion. Let us bring our expertise in design and remodeling to help you create a dramatic and beautiful exterior for your home.
Call us at 1-317-542-3853 for more information on our services, as well as to discuss your home remodeling project and how we can help.
Plus, if you're ready to get started on a renovation project, you'll want to download our guide: Seven Questions to Ask When Choosing a Remodeler in the Indianapolis Area.