Beware of home improvement


“Home Improvement” was a very popular TV show several years ago, but it’s become much more in recent times. You can’t pass a newsstand or change a channel with seeing at least one home improvement themed offering before your eyes. We witness magical transformations as well as simple changes to elicit a new look and feel to a room. We’re absolute spellbound by the wonders wrought by hammer and blade.

In fact, we are so spellbound, we imagine ourselves doing it ourselves. We’re told that we actually can, and off to the hardware store, lumberyard and wherever else we could travel we go. They had such fun on the show doing it and the pictures in the glossy magazines were so beautiful – surely we can do that and be deliriously happy too.

What often happens is we fail to see reality for all the pretty pictures and well-paid TV personalities. Did you think it was volunteer work for them? All the cool gadgets and eye-popping images cost money by the barrelful. When you’re the one paying for it all, it’s not quite as good a time if you go overboard.

It’s vital to develop a good working budget before starting anything, and if you can’t, then don’t start! The costs will come from your own pocket, not some huge corporate sponsor.

Perhaps you figure you can save a bit by doing it yourself. It looks easy enough. If the work involved is not something in which you have actual experience and understand well, don’t even think about it. Much money is made by many contractors who were contacted after the valiant yet futile efforts of some poor homeowner.

Marriages have been torn apart by the repercussions of a botched makeover. Unless you know you can do it, conduct some good diligent research and find a reliable contractor who can and can do so within your means. After all, you want it to look good not only on the shows and in the magazines, but in your own home.


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