With entire television networks dedicated to home renovations, overhauls and improvements, it should not be all that surprising that more and more homeowners are looking for ways to increase the value of their home through projects they complete with their own two hands. While these projects are certainly an enjoyable way to spend a weekend and represent a great way to instill a sense of pride in any homeowner, projects that are undertaken with the goal of adding significant value to the home should most likely be left to a professional.
As Ken Fisher might suggest, many homeowners are quite capable when it comes to home improvement projects and can complete any number of jobs without the help of a professional. For the novice homeowner, however, it is almost always preferable to at least consult a professional on any jobs that require a lot of materials or expertise. It is often the case that the cost of materials alone will be commensurate to what a professional might be able to quote for the same job, as a pro is able to buy materials in large quantities directly from a wholesaler.
It is also worth noting that an inexperienced homeowner might make a small error due to a simple oversight that will require the work to be corrected at a later date, leading to increased costs and the potential for damage to other parts of the home. For smaller projects that do not represent a sizable investment of time or money, novice do-it-yourselfers should feel confident in trying their hand at doing the job and should feel little or no worry. For a larger job such as an addition, however, a professional contractor is simply the smarter choice.