Everybody’s An Expert Since HGTV Or So They Think...
HGTV has given the average person not only ideas but also the confidence that they think they are now experts! Expert enough to think that they can pull off renovating their homes, designing it by themselves, decorating it, staging it and even selling it.
Watch enough shows and you can DIY all of these without the need of a professional because they make them look so easy to do on TV. Not to mention that they not only look easy to do, but take much less time, and usually cost a lot less money as well. Real life is not what is portrayed on TV.
Here are a few of the most popular HGTV shows.
Love It or List It
Flip or Flop
Beachfront bargain Hunt
HGTV dream home
Do you feel confident enough to tackle home renovations by yourself? Or do you agree that it’s best to call in a professional? What about permits? Inspections ? Those are rarely discussed on the TV shows.
Homeowners that tackle renovations without the proper permitting and inspections will face serious consequences down the road when it comes time to sell and these issues are uncovered later on.
I owned an Interior Design Company many years ago prior to all of the DIY shows. Many designers I talk to today have expressed to me that they are shocked that so many people feel they can easily do what a designer or contractor does just because they have watched a few shows on TV or Youtube.
In the State of Florida Interior Designers are Licensed by the State as are Building Contractors, Landscape Architects, Real Estate Brokers and Sales professionals. All of these professions are licensed and insured for a reason, and all of these professionals are also required to meet continuing education guidelines every licensure period to make sure that they are up to date on changes in their respective industries.
It can be very risky for homeowners to tackle projects where a professional should be called in. Having the job done professionally will save money and a great deal of headaches later on. Watch the shows and get some great ideas, but don't forget to call in the professionals to actually do the job the right way.