You’re overzealous; you’ve got that extra energy and time to start an exterior home improvement project all by yourself. You also want to prove to yourself that you don’t need to hire professionals for this. You might want to stop and think first! Countless do-it-yourself home improvement projects have failed, much to the dismay of homeowners.
In this blog, exterior siding contractor A Cut Above Exteriors cites some concrete evidence homeowners regretted DIY exterior home improvement projects in hopes of dissuading you from your course.
According to an independent study, 27% of respondents actually regret exterior DIY projects. They originally hoped to save at least 60% on average of what they would have to pay a professional to do the project for them.
The same study continues that 21% were most disappointed that the additional trees and shrubs they planted outside their homes didn’t hold up over time. 50% or more also said that repairing the foundation, installing a new roof or patio/walkway, designing landscapes, painting the exterior, and installing cedar siding were either physically harder or took longer than anticipated.
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DIY bravado isn’t really new, however. In the U.S., eight is the average number of these projects attempted, with 63% regretting doing at least one DIY project. Some even got hurt or caused damage to their own homes!
Why keep doing these when you know they’re bound to fail? The study also showed that one out of three homeowners has called professional help anyway to undo their mistakes. At A Cut Above Exteriors, our area of expertise include residential exterior services, which includes being a regional leader in siding replacement.
Apart from siding installation services, A Cut Above Exteriors also offers premium siding products, including those of James Hardie®. For inquiries, you can call us by calling (503) 334-0733 or by filling out this form. We serve clients in Portland, OR as well as other areas in Oregon.