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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Is it a Do It Yourself Project or Collateral Damage?

For some of us, even the simplest task, can be a major challenge.  I remember about 30 years ago my father in law and I started out making an enclosure for a mailbox.  The end project looked like a pulpit in most churches.

Although many deny it few of us are blessed with exceptional skills that allow us to make a weekend project of remodeling out home! 

The Peter Principle  (also the title of a 1969 book by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull) is the hypothesis that people are ultimately promoted to their level of incompetence.

Toilet, sink, stove, & not shown a shower!
As a real estate agent I think this also applies to the Do It Yourself home repair person.

People will, if given a chance, attempt DIY projects just above their level of competence!

If you have been inspired by some TV program take the time to consider your skills.

If that improvement or addition will require a permit and an inspection by the local building officials, follow the required procedures.

Short cuts and skirting the permitting process will eventually have to be dealt with - even if it is when you decide to sell your home.

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