Home Improvement Projects That Need Extra Help

electrician-1080554_960_720Every home eventually requires repairs. For whatever reason you’re looking into home improvement, it’s sometimes necessary to seek professional help. Adding crown molding or building a shelf is one thing, but when you’re looking to alter plumbing or electrical work, it’s best to hire help. Take a look at some of the ways an expert might benefit your plans for home makeovers and maintenance.

 

Accessibility Modifications

 

There are plenty of reasons to make your house more accessible. You or a family member may need expanded access or assistance, or you may simply want to make your home more inclusive if you plan on putting it on the market. However, such modifications often need a contractor to be done safely and properly. Adding extra-wide doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, ramps or entrance ways with no steps, and handrails on stairs and in restrooms are all best done by professionals. You may want to convert your shower to offer wheelchair accessibility, which may require complex work. As a good deal of the alterations will be done in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms, it’s best practice to have an expert on hand to avoid broken pipes, flooding, or the unnecessary damaging of walls.

 

Outside Help

 

If you want to clean and maintain the outside of your home, there are numerous things you can do yourself. You can use a pressure washer on your walls and windows to remove dirt and grime safely, and even to clean your driveway. While you may run the risk of scratching your paint, no permanent damage will be done to your home. However, once you think about cleaning your gutters, you may want to hire the help of a professional. Not only will they have the right tools and make sure no leaves or debris remain blocking your drains, they are trained and less likely to injure themselves when working at great heights. Additionally, regular maintenance can prevent animals and insects from nesting in your gutters themselves.

 

Installing a Fence

 

There are various benefits to fencing your home. Fences offer extra privacy and security against a pet escaping. They also provide an additional layer of protection against burglary or home invasion. Professional help can be advantageous for a project of this complexity, especially if your fencing extends underground. When installing or repairing a fence, you may be surprised to learn that a contractor is often required. Not only will you need to make sure that your yard is properly fenced, but there may be restrictions you are unaware of. For instance, some cities have height limitations on fences, and a contractor will be aware of these and ensure that there are no city policy violations.

 

Help with Wiring

 

This is another area where you do not want to risk injury or property damage if you’re inexperienced with home modification. Even if you successfully get wiring working properly, you may accidentally create a fire hazard without being aware of it. You may overload your circuits, and end up creating an expensive problem that could have been avoided if you’d used a professional. There is the possibility of injuring yourself during the process, too, without having the proper equipment or training of an expert. While hiring a professional is an added expense, it is worth it to protect both your health and your home.

 

It’s good to keep up to date on your home’s maintenance and to invest in worthwhile improvements. However, no matter how confident we are in ourselves, it’s always important to be certain of what we’re doing, especially when it involves wiring, plumbing or great heights. Professionals have tools we don’t and knowledge gained over years of work. Do some things yourself, but know when it’s best to get an expert’s help.

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What You Need to Know Before Selling Your Jewelry

JewerySelling estate jewelry is a smart way to earn some extra money. After all, fashion trends have shifted in recent years. You may have plenty of old jewelry, but no genuine reason to wear it anymore.

 

That said, these pieces may also hold sentimental value. You want to make sure you’re getting the best price you can when parting with something this special.

 

If you’re thinking about selling diamonds, or any other estate jewelry, keep these tips in mind.

 

Gather Information

 

It’s easier to determine the correct value of a piece of jewelry when you have information about its origins. Before trying to sell a piece, gather any documentation and information you may have, including receipts, the original box, laboratory descriptions, and even family anecdotes about where the piece came from.

 

Clean It

 

The cleaner and more polished your jewelry is, the more valuable it will look. Although there are several methods you can use to clean it on your own, you may want to seek professional help if you’re worried about possibly damaging it.

 

Take Pictures

 

You may not be able to meet in person when first contacting professionals to get a basic assessment of your jewelry’s value. By taking several digital pictures, you can maintain a simple inventory, while also sending the pictures to experts via the Internet.

 

Get a Grading Report

 

Many different factors contribute to a diamond or gemstone’s value, but the four most important include cut, clarity, color, and carat. That’s why it’s important to get a grading report from a qualified professional. This helps you establish your jewelry’s value when meeting with potential buyers.

 

Research Trends

 

Certain types of jewelry may be considered more valuable than others due to current trends. For instance, a report from Bain & Company indicates that diamonds are currently in high demand. This trend is expected to continue through 2030. Familiarizing yourself with these trends is simply another way to confirm your jewelry’s true value.

 

Get Multiple Opinions

 

Don’t accept one appraiser’s opinion when learning how much your jewelry is worth. Having opinions from multiple experts helps you more confidently determine its value. A potential buyer may try to convince you the opinion of one appraiser is wrong. If multiple appraisers generally agree, they’ll have a harder time making that case.

 

Ask About Insurance

 

You may choose to leave your jewelry in the hands of a jeweler while trying to sell it. If you choose to do so, confirm they will insure the pieces first. This is simply their responsibility.

 

Be Honest With Yourself

 

Again, estate jewelry tends to have sentimental value. Don’t make the mistake of selling a piece without taking the time to honestly ask yourself if you’re willing to part with it. Earning money for old jewelry is only beneficial if you feel comfortable with your decision.

 

Most importantly, remember to coordinate with experts. You need proper qualifications and experience to accurately determine estate jewelry’s value. By working with professionals and keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be much more likely to get the best possible offers from buyers.