Do Your Homework Before You DIY

Remodeled Home Tour

Before attempting to recreate the gorgeous bathroom from your Pinterest board in your own home, consider the following tips from Tyrone Leslie, HBA President of Heritage Homes.

By Tyrone Leslie, HBA President, Heritage Homes
Feature photo: This home was an entry on the 2016 Remodeled Home Tour by Western Products. Its kitchen remodel involved
opening up the walls and trading the kitchen table space for a large island that seats four.

This year’s Remodeled Home Tour is September 23-24.

The desire among home owners to tackle repair and remodeling projects has risen with the popularity of Pinterest, design blogs and the prevalence of home improvement stores. Before attempting to recreate the gorgeous bathroom from your Pinterest board in your own home, consider the following:

  • Safety – Without the proper training and preparation, a do-it-yourselfer can, and has, landed in the emergency room. Unfamiliarity with new tools and techniques can lead to accidents. It’s not enough to of read a cordless impact driver review, you must actually know how to use these dangerous tools. Follow product directions and safety procedures and always use proper safety equipment. A good rule of thumb for any homeowner is to avoid projects that require a license.
  • Time – Even professional remodelers sometimes need extra time on projects when they find surprises behind walls. Troubleshooting these issues often takes more time and expertise than originally planned. If timing is a priority for your weekend warrior, call a professional remodeler to get your project completed.
  • Cost – Many of the products purchased from the DIY market, although designated by a name brand, are not always the same quality available to contractors. It is also important to verify the terms of the product warranty. Many warranties become void by improper installation.

May is National Home Remodeling Month, and we’re taking this opportunity to let you know the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has members to help you with all your home renovation needs. Most professional contractors understand that home owners may want to work on their own homes, but those pros have also been called to fix many mishaps along the way.

The Remodelers Council is a committee of the HBA of FM that was formed in 1990 to deal with issues affecting the remodeling segment of the building industry. They hold meetings every other month for networking, informative sessions and conducting council business.

Remodelers join the council to improve their business management skills, network with peers, perform community service and work for the betterment of the industry. Visit to see the list of current members. Visit to search the entire HBA membership by service.

Through the Remodeled Home Tour, the Council aims to highlight industry members. The Tour will be September 23-24, the second weekend of the Fall Parade of Homes. It features area remodeling projects, offering a way for remodelers to show off their work and for home owners to get ideas for updating kitchens, bathrooms, basements and more. If you have recently remodeled and are interested in showing off your project, talk to your remodeler or contact the HBA at 701-232-5846.


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