Do-It-Yourself Renovation Headaches

hallway under constructionWe all love saving money, but did you know that do-it-yourself renovations can actually end up costing you much more than hiring a professional?

In our experience with hundreds of home renovations throughout Lancaster County, no two renovation projects are alike. Each presents its own unique challenges, so be sure to educate yourself before diving into the unknown.

Here’s a list of some things to consider before jumping into that next home remodel project:

  • Asbestos and mesothelioma – One of the major hazards that may lurk in your home is asbestos. Asbestos exposure can lead to a rare and deadly type of cancer known as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, asbestos was used in countless building materials such as insulation, flooring and roofing, wallboard and more in homes built before 1977. These microfibers are so dangerous that the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends contacting professionals to sample and analyze materials that may contain asbestos.
  • Permits & Licensing – If you’re making major structural changes – something like building a deck or adding a master bathroom – hiring an expert company like Norman Graham Builders can help ensure that all permits and licensing are obtained. This can prevent your having to redo everything later (when you go to sell the home), avoid fines, or even avoid having an insurance company denying a claim if there’s any type of loss that can be tied to the unpermitted work.
  • Electrical & Plumbing Risks – Anything beyond the simplest electrical and plumbing tasks should be left to the professionals. Common household electricity can not only give you a dangerous shock that results in injury or death, but can also burn your home down. Plumbing work can cause headaches in a variety of ways. Soldering involves heat that can damage anything near the pipe, and welding requires specialized training or you could do some serious damage. Leaks can quickly cause thousands of dollars in damage.


Even with all the proper equipment, home renovation projects require extensive knowledge and skills to avoid costly mistakes that can quickly exceed the cost of hiring an expert.

Of course, if you need any assistance with your Lancaster County home remodeling project, the team at Norman Graham Builders is ready to lend a hand. Just contact our experts today and we’ll be happy to help!