Should Homeowners Try Laying Concrete on Their Own?

Everywhere you look these days, people are trying home improvement projects they’ve never tried before. There are TV shows, Radio programs, and an endless parade of blog posts about all manner of DIY improvement projects. Perhaps people are also taking more pride in things they built and created themselves – and this is certainly a good thing.

There is, however, one important drawback. With all of this information in cyberspace and over the airwaves, there is it much higher level of miss information at large in the home improvement world today.

The result of much of this misinformation is an inflated sense of confidence in terms of what kinds of projects should be undertaken without the requisite training and experience — at least if you want to accomplish good results. With all the instructional content out there, it’s so easy to believe that virtually anything is achievable with the help of YouTube and a trip to your local home improvement store. You might even begin to think that professional help is overrated in virtually all areas of home remodeling and renovation. This, however, is probably not the smartest mindset – unless, you really willing to devote your time and energy to becoming skilled and experienced at home renovation.

Consider what’s at stake. The average home renovation costs thousands and in some cases tens of thousands of dollars. People renovate for all kinds of reasons, but market value is certainly among the most popular reasons for renovating.

But certain things can certainly be done on a DIY basis, so what about laying concrete?

First of all, we need to remember that laying concrete correctly requires many different steps, all completed in the right order. The project and intentions for the concrete have to be very clearly defined. The mixture has to be of very high quality. The measurements have to be perfect, and the execution will be apparent in the quality of the installation.

Sure, concrete can be installed on a DIY basis. But whether the results will be passable, and whether it will even be safe, will depend on the extent of the project and what the homeowner is trying to achieve. For example, if the homeowner wants to construct a basic retaining wall, the process of doing so could be very rewarding. If it really doesn’t work out, there is not much at stake.

But if your intention is to do something more major involving concrete, the stakes could be much higher. The actual integrity of your workmanship will have a definite effect in your home’s market value, and even its curb appeal. It’s also worth noting that concrete work can be physically dangerous if you don’t know what you doing.

DIY is certainly something to be considered, especially if you are somebody who takes great satisfaction in planning, strategizing, and completing important home renovation project on your own. But when in doubt, it’s probably better (in the vast majority of cases) to consult a qualified concrete specialist before attempting any work that could potentially have lasting effects on your home’s market value.