This past July, my husband and I celebrated 10 years in our home. Woo hoo! It feels like an accomplishment, and it should! Over the past decade, we’ve survived many, many renovations (small and large), and through it all, my husband and I managed not to serve each other with divorce papers.
No, seriously. We are NOT handy people.
We discovered early on that there are DIY folks and Do It For Me (DIFM) people – and we are firmly in the latter camp. In fact, we rely on professionals to tackle most of the handiwork around our home, because we recognize that it’s a good idea to, you know, stay married.
Of course, when hiring others to complete renovations, there’s always one temptation that must be overcome: the desire to cut costs – also known as “cheaping out”.
You know how it goes… you’ll receive a quote from a qualified professional that will be a little (or a lot) over budget. It unsettles you. So you’ll ask around for recommendations, and someone always knows a cousin of a friend who can totally complete your reno at half the cost. …