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Dabl At Home Dec 2020
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Here’s How You Can Travel And Complete Your Dream Home Improvement Projects

While completing DIY projects has many benefits, so does hiring a professional to do the job for you!

If you had to choose between renovating or expanding your home or taking a dream vacation, which would you pick? During the COVID-19 pandemic, people spent a lot of time cooped up in their homes with nowhere to go, noticing everything they wished they could change about their property. Since consumers couldn’t safely invite contractors to their home to do the work for them, homeowners began nesting and jumped headfirst into DIY home improvement projects

Now that the world has begun to open up again, homeowners are torn between completing their pandemic home improvement projects or enjoying their regained freedom. There has been an increased desire for traveling as people want to get back in the world and go on adventures. But since the nesting urges don’t seem to be going anywhere, the perfect compromise seems to be bringing in professionals to do the home improvement work for you. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s have seen a significant increase in sales to contractors and professionals, indicative of a shift in mindset where homeowners are opting to travel or host parties instead of focusing solely on DIY projects. 

If budget allows, this tactic allows homeowners to enjoy their time with their friends or vacationing rather than spending their days completing sometimes tedious home renovations on their own. Since someone else is doing the hard work for you, you can spend your time on things you enjoy and get to reap the benefits of a home renovation. Plus, stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s are investing heavily in catering to home improvement professionals and builders, ensuring the person you hire to do the job has everything they need to do high-quality work on your property. It’s really the best of both worlds. If you’re still torn between opting to hire help or doing the work yourself, consider these 5 reasons to join the trend and hire a professional. 

Avoid costly mistakes. 

DIY projects are great when you know what you’re doing or want to make small changes. However, it’s best to call in a professional if you don’t have experience in that area of home improvement if potential mistakes will cause severe damage to the home, such as with plumbing or electrical repairs. Certain mistakes will cause damage and cost you more money to repair than if you hired a professional or contractor in the first place. Plus, if you aren’t sure what you’re doing, you may find yourself wasting time, money, and gas going back and forth to the store trying to get the right materials and parts. It’s better to let a professional do the job right the first time. 

It may be less expensive. 

It’s a common misconception that hiring a professional or a contractor is more expensive than doing home improvement projects as a DIY endeavor. While it’s sometimes true, it doesn’t have to be that way if you are strategic about which professional you choose. There is no shame in asking friends for referrals, working with a professional in your existing network who may give you a discount due to your relationship, or shopping around to negotiate and get different quotes. When you do select a professional, you’ll know you’ve picked the best deal and the best person for the job, and that you won’t have to pay for mistakes down the line. 

Hiring a professional may be more efficient. 

It’s a simple fact that practice makes perfect. As the professional you choose for your home improvement job should have lots of experience, he will likely be able to complete the job faster and at a higher quality than you could if you were a novice or needed to learn as you go. In other words, hiring a professional means the job is done right as quickly as possible. This means you have more free time to plan your next trip, hang out with friends, go on vacation, or simply enjoy being out in the world. 

Professionals understand safety codes.

A legitimate professional will care deeply about the safety of himself, his crew, your family, and your home. Your contractor will ensure the work is done correctly to prevent harm to your home or injuries. They should also be experts in the local building code rules and will obtain the correct building permits for the job on your behalf. This will prevent safety hazards from being left in your home, and that you are code compliant. Depending on where you live, failure to complete projects to code or obtain the proper permits can lead to penalty fees, a mandatory order to redo or remove the project, or complicate future deals when it’s time to sell your home. Trusting a professional to handle the safety codes and paperwork on your behalf will save you lots of time and hassle. 

There are insurance benefits. 

As stated above, a legitimate contractor or building professional is very concerned with quality and safety. Therefore, they will likely include a warranty to ensure the quality of their services and have their own insurance policy that covers the home improvement project and any workers on their crew. This means you won’t be liable for covering damage or injuries that occur while the professional and his team are working on your home, nor will you be financially responsible for any mistakes or malfunctions that occur during or immediately following the job. If you were doing a DIY home improvement project, you or your insurance would be financially responsible for any injuries or damage. Therefore, this insurance benefit is a great way to cover your bases and protect yourself when you hire a home improvement professional. 

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