you-need-kitchen-remodeling-helpMost of us have spent a lazy Sunday afternoon or two watching home improvement shows and thought, “I could do that!” It can be tempting to try to DIY your major home improvement projects to save money, but when it comes to your kitchen, it’s not always wise to do it alone.

Here are five signs that you’ll likely need kitchen remodeling help:

One: You Want To Replace Your Popcorn Ceiling

Popcorn ceilings were an acoustic ceiling treatment popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They were banned in 1978 because the treatment contained asbestos, however the government allowed builders to use up their on-hand materials after the ban was instilled. Therefore, popcorn ceilings installed post-1978 may still contain the carcinogenic material.

If you have a popcorn ceiling in your kitchen, do not try to remove it yourself. Work with a contractor who can connect you with a properly certified asbestos abatement company who will safely dismantle the ceiling and remove it from your home.

Two: Walls Must Come Down

You may want an open floor plan, but leave the demolition to a professional. You must be 100% certain of the location of all load-bearing walls in the home.  Even if the wall you want to remove isn’t load-bearing, you never know what lies behind a wall. There could be wiring, plumbing –or both, and you don’t want to risk hitting those things with a sledgehammer. The best course of action when taking down walls is to work with a professional kitchen remodeler.

Three: You’ll Be Messing With Electricity

Sure, you know enough to flip the fuse switches in your wall panel, but only certified electricians should handle moving wires, repairing faulty wires, adding receptacles, etc. An accident with electrical wiring can cause fire, serious bodily injury, or even death. Always work with a professional when it comes to the electricity in your kitchen.

Four: You Need to Update or Move Plumbing

Messing around with plumbing when you don’t know what you’re doing can cause major issues in your home. When tackling a kitchen remodel, do not attempt to move plumbing or update plumbing on your own. Mistakes can lead to anything from a leaky faucet to damaged or burst pipes.

Five: You’re Not a Professional Contractor Yourself

Professional contractors can DIY a kitchen remodel, but homeowners who only dabble in occasional projects should step aside and leave the project to a professional.

Building a kitchen may seem simple if you watch home improvement shows or YouTube videos, but the truth is they are extremely complicated and require professionals. You wouldn’t attempt to run a marathon if you’ve only ever jogged one mile in your life. Just because you’ve tackled a few small DIY projects over the years doesn’t mean that you are able to take on an entire remodeling project.

It’s always a little bit tempting to tackle home improvement projects on your own, but when it comes to a kitchen remodeling project, the cost of a single DIY mistake can be extremely high. If you attempt to take on the project yourself, the fact is, you’re likely to make a costly mistake. In order to end up with the kitchen of your dreams, it is best to work with professionals who can help you plan the work and work the plan – and keep you and your family safe throughout the process. If you are ready to renovate your kitchen, contact the team at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh today.