Most everyone is looking to save a buck or two when it comes to home improvement projects. When it involves finishing a basement, you may want to reconsider, and hire an electrical contractor. Using DIY techniques in favor of saving some money, may not be the best idea. With the intent of doing electrical work, hanging drywall, running trim, painting, caulking, and doing your own tile work in the evenings and on weekends, most often the basement will stay unfinished for years. Even though Do-it-Yourself home remodeling projects usually begin with the best of intentions, they can soon turn into a nightmare due to lack of experience. Here are a few reasons to consider hiring a professional:
1. DIY Projects Can Be Dangerous
Most jobs require technical training and pose potentially dangerous situations when someone is not familiar with certain techniques or tools. Homeowners often injure themselves, including getting electrocuted, falling off ladders, cutting themselves on saws, injuring their backs when not lifting properly, damaging their eyes when not using safety glasses, or inhaling toxic fumes. Often once the damage is done, it’s too late. Remember to always put your safety first and call a professional for help.
2. Mistakes Can Be Costly
Even when there are no safety issues involved, paying extra for a professional job is often a good investment. If you are not quite sure how to do a project, there is a high chance of having to call a contractor to fix your mistakes. Instead of saving you money, you can end up paying twice for the same job. In the end, it might pay to call a professional from the start.
3. It Could Hurt Your Home Value
Real estate brokers often warn that amateur work is a “turn-off” for potential buyers. When a home is improperly finished, it could mean a loss of a sale. Buyers want a professional look when they are investing their money in a home. Most people can see when something does not look right. Even when the priciest bathroom tile is used, it looks cheap if it is not laid properly. Invest in your home and hire a professional.
4. Protect Your Investment
When it comes to finishing a basement, safety is key. Many homeowners make serious mistakes if they try to do it alone. The first mistake a homeowner will often make is not pulling a permit. There are many regulations and codes that need to be met, and homeowners are not aware. Specific codes will vary by city or state, but there are a few things you need to make sure that are enforced such as: making sure any lumber that touches the floor is treated to prevent decay, creating a vapor barrier instead of framing directly against the wall, and building floating walls which allow the concrete floor to heave.
Making small mistakes can cause major damage to your home. When you hire a company that specializes in basement finishing, you can be assured of quality, value, and the job is done right. A reputable company provides this security. Protect your investment and your family by hiring a professional.
When finishing a basement, it comes down to how capable you are and knowing what is above your skill set. If you are like most of the population and are not super handy, calling a professional may be your best option. In the end, it will save you time, money and possibly your sanity.
If you are looking for a residential electrical contractor to finish your basement wiring, enlist the help of SameDay Heating & Air to get all your projects done. To learn more about our services and offers, give us a call today at (801) 726-3329.