Home Improvement: More Than Merely An Amusing Sitcom

By June De Plune

I'm a massive fan of DIY projects.

If I see something in the store, I'll pick it up, examine it and figure out how I'm able to do it myself at home.

I have successfully done this with all types of things - from fashion to bags to home decor. So when it came to renovating my loo I realized that I'd have no problem taking on the task.

It's easy, I thought. My plan was to ask buddies and family for guidance, consult books or look online for tips about how to get everything done. Well, it became apparent pretty quickly I had gotten in way over my head.

Refurbishments were one thing that I just wouldn't do on my own. Luckily a friend referred me to a handyman who had complete her redo a room in her home. It was simply smartest move I could've made and I am really so happy I did! That was about three years back. If I had started to do it all myself, I'd still be working on that bathroom! No kidding!

In my case I was lucky to have a friend who could suggest a handyman with a proven track record. I knew he was trustworthy, provided great artisanship, and best of all - was cost-effective. Nonetheless if you don't already know of a trusty contractor, don't worry.

All that you need to do is be prepared and ask the most relevant questions.

Some significant things to discuss beforehand are the expectancies, specific costs, time frame, for example. Don't knock down any walls or hammer a single nail thing till you are both clear on what each person will bring to the table. Trust me, being cautious about this at the start will save tons of headaches in the future.

One of the unexpected keys to hiring a home improvement expert was that added perspective. I had a vision of installing baroque light fixtures and fittings that would hang over the mirror. After speaking it over with my odd job man, he recommended something slightly less obtrusive, explaining that those extra fixtures would make the room feel a bit crowded.

Well, he was right. I ended up ditching my original idea and going with something more subdued. It truly made an important difference in the overall look and flow of the room!

He was also able to suggest some cost-saving building materials that looked great while also being affordable. I discovered that because it's expensive, does not imply it's better. He showed me some good ways to save cash while looking like you spent a fortune.

And now I have a fab looking room that I am quite sure I wouldn't have attained on my own!

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