From personalizing a new space to remodeling a fixer-upper, owning a home comes with endless opportunities for improvement. Home Advisor’s 2018 True Cost survey revealed homeowners spent, on average, $6,649 on home improvements over the previous year.
If you’re planning to take on a home improvement project, you have a ton of options to consider and decisions to make. Here are three major considerations you should address before diving in:
1. Choosing the Right Home Remodeling Project
Sometimes home improvement projects choose you, like replacing a leaking roof or rebuilding a retaining wall. When selecting a project that isn’t a necessary repair, factor in how it will impact your home’s value. Remodeling Magazine found the following projects had the highest return on investment:
10 Highest Value Home Improvement Projects
- Garage door installation
- Manufactured stone veneer
- Entry door replacement
- Wood deck addition
- Minor kitchen remodel
- Siding replacement
- Vinyl window replacement
- Universal design bathroom
- Bathroom remodel
- Replacement roof
If you have the budget for a project but you’re not sure what to tackle next, consider one of the above home improvements. Even if you aren’t looking to sell your home anytime soon, the possible return on investment can help you prioritize.
2. Deciding Between DIY and Hiring a Pro
Once you’ve chosen a project, the next decision is whether to hire a professional or do it yourself (DIY).
Whether it’s driven by a desire to save money or inspired by endless YouTube videos, DIY home renovation is an increasingly common choice. According to the Home Improvement Research Institute in 2018, nearly a quarter of the U.S. population made home improvements in the prior year and only 7% opted to work with a professional.
Before jumping headfirst into a project, ask yourself the questions below to help you determine whether to do it yourself or hire a professional!
3. Staying Secure During Home Improvement Projects
Safety should be your highest priority during a home renovation, so decide ahead of time what precautions are needed to keep you and your home secure. If you’re doing the work yourself, preparation is key. Make sure you have all the safety gear you need, including protective eye gear, dust masks, ear plugs, and a first aid kit.
If you’re hiring a professional, vet them ahead of time. Any good contractor will be happy to discuss their credentials, provide references, and give you their insurance information. Once the ball is rolling, a home security system can help you monitor the situation remotely — leaving you free to accomplish other tasks. If you’re at your home while contractors are working, video surveillance allows you to see their progress from your smartphone without awkward check-ins.
Have a work crew arriving at your house while you’re out? No need to cancel your plans. With a smart lock, you can assign temporary codes to allow contractors into your home, and even track when they come and go.
Managing Home Renovations with a Guardian Security System
If you have a Guardian security system, be cautious when undertaking home improvement projects in areas where you have home security devices placed — for example, doors or windows with motion sensors.
Here are some steps you can take to make sure your service isn’t interrupted by any home improvement projects.
- Call 1.800.PROTECT before beginning any project that might affect your security equipment.
- If any devices need to be moved, schedule a Guardian technician to handle it for you.
- If you attempt to move equipment yourself, test your system before and after.*
*Remember: Guardian cannot ensure that your system is working if you change or move installed devices on your own. If you have questions or concerns, call: 1.800.PROTECT.