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Understand the Remodeling Law of New Orleans

From The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans

Think Twice Before You Remodel New Orleans Home Yourself

The Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans reminds you to only trust your dreams for your home to a qualified professional remodeler!

Despite the popularity of home remodeling do-it-yourself (DIY) television shows, New Orleans home owners should think twice before tackling a large remodeling project by themselves, cautions the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers Council. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeowner DIY projects account for 20 percent of all remodeling and industry experts say that between 25 percent and 30 percent of their work comes from fixing DIY disasters.

“With the popularity of all of these shows dedicated to projects that home owners can do themselves, it is important that home owners understand that these shows hire professionals to do the work and make it look easy,” says Remodelers Council Chairman Don Novak, CGR, CAPS, CGB of Novak Construction Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Embarking on a home project without the needed planning and expertise can be very expensive and can have a negative effect on home equity.”

While a motivated, skilled DIYer may do a remodel as well as a professional remodeler, you should ask yourself these questions first: • Have you ever done this before? • How much money will you really save? (To get a true sense of actual costs of a project, take what you think it will cost in time and money and multiply by three.) • Will you know what to do when something goes wrong? Continue reading →