DIY means Do It Yourself improvement, self explaining that you do everything yourself without hiring someone. While “home improvement” often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home likes floors, stairs, windows, doors, roof, gutter, electrical / plumbing works and outdoor structures, such as gazebos and garages. It also encompasses maintenance, repair and general servicing tasks. This home improvement can be done to improve the condition of your home for your living purposes, or may help bring a better rate to your home if you plan to sell it. When you are doing the home improvement yourself, there is no cost incurred, and if there is, it will be very much less, for buying items like covers as well small stuffs like those.
If you opt to hire contractors and professionals to handle your home improvement task, you find that they tend to quote a high rate for the job. You not only have to pay for the materials required for the job, but you also have to pay for their services, which is either paid on an hourly basis or per job basis. If you compare this with what the hired services may give, well, they may offer better services than you, but what about their fees, it’s very expensive to keep up. It is of course possible to hire remodelers or renovators to carry out your home improvement tasks. Do it yourself (DIY) is building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. The popular culture phrase “do it yourself” had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.
Home improvement projects generally have one or more of the following goals:
Waterproofing basements. Increasing the capacity of plumbing and electrical systems. Upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) Soundproofing rooms, especially bedrooms and baths.
2. Saving energy
Homeowners may reduce utility costs with:
Renewable energy with biomass pellet stoves, wood-burning stoves, solar panels, wind turbines, programmable thermostats, and geothermal exchange heat pumps (see autonomous building). Energy-efficient thermal insulation, replacement windows, and lighting.
3. Safety and preparedness
Emergency preparedness safety measures such as:
Security doors, windows, and shutters. Home fire and burglar alarm systems. Storm cellars as protection from tornadoes and hurricanes. Fire sprinkler systems to protect homes from fires. Backup generators for providing power during power outages.
4. Additional space
Additional living space may be added by:
Extending one’s house with rooms added to the side of one’s home or, sometimes, extra levels to the original roof. Turning marginal areas into livable spaces such as turning basements into recrooms, home theaters, or home offices – or attics into spare bedrooms.
5. Maintenance and repair
Maintenance projects can include:
Concrete and masonry repairs to the foundation and chimney. Roof tear-off and replacement. Repairing plumbing and electrical systems.
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