Is it worth it to do-it-yourself?

By: Fida Georges Email
By: Fida Georges Email

More and more people are brave enough to tackle projects themselves. While it may be fun and cost-friendly for some, it can also lead to home improvement disasters.

Dennis proudly shows off his country home. That's because this beautiful house used to look like this.

"The roof leaked, the floor was rotted and it was all grown out with weeds," Dennis explained.

So Dennis built everything from the ground up, literally, from custom cabinets, beds and folding tables, to even a doggy station and he managed to stay on budget.

"I take a lot of pride in my work. Its a good feeling to know when someone asks you, you tell them 'I did it,'" Dennis said, but not everyone's home improvement journey goes smoothly.

Donald Carmichael of Carmichael Artisans comes from a family of builders. He's been restoring and renovating homes in the Bowling Green area for the last seven years.

Carmichael said he discovered more than his share of surprises with this particular home.

"We preserved as much of it as we could, but it was too far gone really to do anything as far as bringing back the old siding and exterior structure," Carmichael said.

Carmichael ended up spending an additional $25,000, but said it was worth every penny preserving this historic beauty.

Home improvement is not limited to the professionals like Carmichael. Stores are crawling with brave "Do it Yourselfers."

With home improvement stores providing so many options for home improvement projects, is it really worth it to do it yourself?

Bowling Green Lowe's store manager, Jason Brown said that depends.

Brown said about 10,000 to 12,000 do-it-yourselfers walk through these doors daily.

He said he's seen his share of home improvement disasters and the most important thing in avoiding one is proper planning.

"You always want to seek professional advice and you want to read directions," Brown said.

According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, Americans spent $168.7 billion on home improvements and repairs in 2006.

Do-It-Yourself Extras

  • To check your property value visit www.homeinsight.com.

  • For more on your everyday do-it-yourself needs visit www.bobvila.com and www.doityourself.com.

  • For local information click here to learn who to call and what to know before you start digging.

  • Proper water heater installation is very important but unfortunately is often an oversight. Click here to view more information and learn about the state law regarding water heater inspections.


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