Today we have another guest post from our DIY expert, Paul Denikin of DadKnowsDIY.com. Enjoy!
So, you’re about to tackle a bedroom remodel and you want to do it yourself — or at least most of it yourself. That’s great! DIY remodeling can be fun, rewarding, and even save you some money in the long run. You should know, however, that there can be some hurdles, speed bumps, and even full-scale roadblocks up ahead. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your journey goes as smoothly as possible.
When Dealing with Electricity, Call a Pro
One of the most common bedroom remodeling projects is replacing an old light or ceiling fan with a cool new one. It’s a great DIY project — quick, easy, and safe (as long as you cut all power to the room). But unless you’re an electrician yourself, that’s where your DIYing should end. Other common bedroom remodels include adding or moving outlets, light switches, or installing lights where none previously existed. To ensure these projects go smoothly and safely, call in a pro to ensure everything is done properly.
Before You Demo, Try Something Cosmetic First
You may think that the only way to transform your drab bedroom is to start knocking out walls, adding windows, or some other form of structural alteration that involves demolition. However, before you start swinging a sledgehammer, you should try some cosmetic remodeling projects first. Often, these surface-level, inexpensive remodels improve the look and feel of your bedroom just enough so that you can put down the hammer. Changing up the paint, wallpaper, drapery, and wall art are just a few options.
Give Your Bedroom’s Focal Point a Spruce
Don’t underestimate how much you can do to change up your sleeping situation and how much of an impact it will make on the overall look and feel of your bedroom. First things first: Your mattress likely needs an upgrade. Any remodel should include things that make your overall life easier and more enjoyable, and getting a good night’s rest definitely applies. Make sure you research online using sites like ConsumersAdvocate.org to find the best options on the market. You should also know that, in terms of implementing cheaper updates, getting all new fresh bedding (sheets, pillows, duvets, etc.) is one of the best ideas.
Be Smart About Major Structural Changes
If you’re planning to make major structural changes to your bedroom, such as changing, adding, or removing a wall, it’s imperative that you go into it with your eyes wide open.
Every step of a structural remodel can only be done by someone with skills and experience, and if that’s not you, then you need to accept that as soon as possible and hire some help. Your walls contain plumbing, electrical, ductwork, and more house guts that, if handled incorrectly, can cause damage, injury, and loss of money.
If you do have some DIY skills and plan to tackle any step of this process on your own, accept that it will likely take longer than you think; typically, you should add an extra two days to a professional timeline for any DIY work.
At Least Consider ROI
You may be updating your bedroom simply for your own pleasure — and that’s perfectly fine. However, you should at least consider how your remodel will affect resale. Some bedroom remodeling jobs that have a solid return on investment include closet expansions, adding a master bath, new windows, and cosmetic wall upgrades (paint, light fixtures, wallpaper, etc.).
There’s no guarantee that any home project — much less an entire room remodel — will go perfectly. In reality, it probably won’t. However, if you plan, consider the smartest projects for your time, money and effort, and call in professional help when necessary, you can ensure your bedroom remodel goes off without too many hitches.