The kitchen is one of the most important and probably the busiest room in a house. The frequent foot traffic also means it’s likely to undergo maximum wear and tear. When it’s time for a redo, people like to take the responsibility upon themselves in order to help save a good chunk of money. However, there are certain kitchen projects that are best handled by professionals. Let’s look at the dangers or reasons why you should not redo your kitchen countertops and cabinets yourself, and hire a qualified professional instead.
Can Cause Costs to Inflate
A DIY kitchen project can be quite rewarding – in terms of both the money-savings and feeling of accomplishment. However, if you pick the wrong project, things can easily backfire. Things won’t just go wrong, but you could inflict further damage, making the job much more expensive and complicated for the professional when he arrives. The professional would now have to undo whatever wrong has been done and then get to the actual part of the project.
Kitchen countertops and cabinets can be quite dangerous even for experienced DIYers. Picking up and maneuvering the drill, for instance, needs a trained hand. Also, a kitchen cabinet installation needs good amount of strength and effort. You cannot do it all by yourself – at least two to three people would be required. It’s not just about lifting the cabinet, but also holding it in place when the other individual is fastening it to the wall.
If you are doing the countertops and cabinets yourself, you would probably be working on weekends. And since kitchen countertop or cabinet work cannot be wrapped up in a couple of days, you must be ready to bear the unattended mess that exists during weekdays. If you only have weekends to spare for the task, the project may take weeks or even months for completion. This is not just time-consuming, but also extremely inconvenient and zero fun.
Projects that can be done within a couple of days make for great DIY activities – unfortunately, kitchen countertops and cabinets are not among them. Cabinet refacing is one such task that looks easy and quick on paper but involves a lot of work and mess, leaving the kitchen unusable for quite some time.
Cabinet Assembly Requires Serious Tools and Skills
At first glance, assembling and installing kitchen cabinets may seem easy. But when you get to the dirty work, you realize assembling cabinets warrants major skills and equipment. Even the most skilled contractor would take more than a few hours to put the cabinets together, and emerge from a sawdust heap when done.
A kitchen cabinet is quite heavy and when items are placed on the shelves, the heft only increases. Installing the cabinets, as a result, requires a lot more reinforcement than just bolting them to the wall studs. Moreover, all the measurements should be accurate, and the cabinets level and plumb. Even one centimeter gone wrong could mean serious issues later on in the installation process.
Kitchen Countertops Can Get Complicated
Not all kitchen countertops are the same. There are different types – such as granite countertops, marble countertops, etc. All have their unique renovation or installation requirements. However, renovating them is not like painting walls, or hanging shelf in a spare bedroom. These countertops are awkward to hold, heavy, fragile, and could require some unique finishing tools.
Almost all countertop materials are bulky and hard. If you drop a countertop or bang it into doors or walls, you’re likely to cause some damage. Countertops made of quartz and granite need special handling. Also, if you’re doing the countertops yourself, you should cut it to fit a particular size. You must have the budget or tools to cut the slab accurately. Professionals can handle this aspect easily since they would have the specialized tools to cut the slab to a particular fit and size. When a slab is cut incorrectly and you do not possess the right tools to mend things, the fixing part would cost a lot more money. Most likely, you’ll end up buying a new counter.
Professionals Help Save Costs
As oxymoronic as it may sound, you can save money on raw materials when you let professionals take up the responsibility. Generally, professionals manage to procure materials for a price that’s significantly lower than market price, thanks to their industry contacts and business understanding with suppliers. A professional also knows the places that sell top-quality materials for bargain prices. Moreover, when a professional is on-board, you save yourself the hassle and time spent on heading to the store and buying materials. In other words, things get so much more convenient.
Let the dirty and difficult part of your kitchen projects be handled by professionals. Doing things yourself can save you money, but if things go wrong even marginally (which is extremely likely), you’ll end up paying a heavy price. Some people like to get hands-on with their kitchen and want their personal stamp on it. If you’re one of those types, it might be better just to stick to the easy projects and decorating part of things.