Remodeling or upgrading your bedroom can add value to your home as well as be an opportunity to learn new home improvement skills. Some do-it-yourself projects are fairly easy and can be completed over the course of a weekend. Whether you choose to DIY or hire a pro depends a lot upon your budget and your project list. Let’s take a look at common bedroom remodeling projects as well as their pros and cons.
Typical bedroom remodeling projects
You may be thinking that your bedroom needs an entire overhaul, but you might only be thinking of upgrading a few choice pieces in the room. The scope of your bedroom remodeling project should be drafted along with the details of each project (estimated costs, materials needed) and who should do the work. Here are some typical bedroom upgrades:
- new flooring
- upgraded windows and window treatments
- fresh paint on walls and ceiling
- new drywall and insulation
- new lighting, updated electrical outlets
- updated bedding or furniture
- mechanical or HVAC repairs
- updated doors, moulding or trim
- closet work: new doors, organization, lighting, etc.
- installing or upgrading a fireplace
- moving walls or expanding the room
If you plan on doing these projects over a period of time, you could possibly tackle many of these tasks yourself while stretching out your budget. But you if you are aiming to address the entire upgrade at once, and you have a large project scope, you may want to hire a professional.
Advantages of DIY
There is great satisfaction in enjoying the results of a job you have done well in making your bedroom a comfortable, peaceful place. If your skill level suits your scope of planned work, DIY may be the way to go with this upgrade. Your Porch scrapbook can be a great place to consolidate your ideas into one place.
You can also find countless video resources online, and entire television networks that help you travel that learning curve a little faster. With DIY, you will work on your timeline. While this may be a downside if you are a procrastinator, it can also add an element of control where sourcing economical or specialized materials or elements is an issue. If you don’t mind some lack of precision in your paint job, this is something you can take on yourself. Similarly, laying carpet or finishing a ceiling may fit your skill set and comfort level. If you are replacing light fixtures, where they do not need a full rewiring job, you can probably take that task on yourself. However, there are definitely jobs where the typical homeowner should hire a professional.
Cons of DIY
Safety and remodeling up to code should be your biggest concerns. Many DIY tasks seem simple however if you have to learn how to use a new tool, don’t understand ladder safety, or aren’t remodeling up to the latest building codes, you could be putting yourself and your home at risk. The egress code for proper window sizes in bedrooms has changed over the years. Replacing windows in bedrooms, for example, may require a larger opening and not just a simple replacement.
If time is not on your side, and if you have the means, you might well consider hiring a professional. A bedroom remodel that drags on will create stress for you and your family, disrupting the functioning of your home. You need your bedroom to be ready to use in a reasonable amount of time. Also, even jobs that you thought were in your skill set can become tedious and time consuming when you realize the extent of the job for your property. For example, prepping drywall for a latex paint project can be much simpler than removing many layers of old wallpaper. This is a job you might regret taking on yourself.
As a general rule, any job that requires licensing or certification should be carefully assessed prior to trying to do it yourself. Electrical work, for example, may be better left up to a professional, especially if you are interested in adding outlets, switches or anything beyond a simple lighting upgrade. A professional also knows the current materials available and can guide you to choose according to trends and product availability. They can also source them for you more easily and often at wholesale prices.
Bedroom remodel best left to a pro
As mentioned, windows are a valuable upgrade, worth doing well, and to code. This is especially true if you are creating new windows, or relocating them. You will need to know about local regulations, but also about where wiring and other infrastructure might be in your bedroom before you start. If you are moving walls, or installing a gas fireplace, you will also have to consider codes and permits. This is definitely the realm of the tradesman who is licensed and trained for these specialty tasks. They will know what needs to be done safely, and with minimal red tape and frustration.
Bedroom remodel projects may require permits
Filing and obtaining a permit ensures that the work being done is built to the local building codes. It indicates the job has been planned correctly according to current safety and civil standards. Many lenders won’t consider to finance a property that isn’t up to code. You don’t need a professional to file for a permit, however, the permitting office may require stamped drawings of the project. Before you begin construction, find out all the details regarding permitting for your specific project.
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