SEPTEMBER
21
Brush With Reality
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Brush With Reality
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Hi everyone! I’m Meg Farrar, a graphic designer here at Wayfair, a DIY enthusiast, and writer of my blog Operation Restoration, where my boyfriend and I are attempting to renovate our 100-year-old house on our own (at least the best of our capabilities). We recently experienced something that neither one of us ever thought would happen…be on a national TV show!

Photo Credit: Somerville Beat

We were selected to be filmed for a national (and well known) TV show where they help homeowners complete weekend tasks while giving viewers at home instructions on how they can fix a similar problem on their own. I can’t mention our specific issue until the show airs, but it had to do with the structure of the house; something that neither Adam nor I knew how to deal with without professional help. Getting help from a professional was incredibly helpful and being on TV was just a bonus!

Photo Credit: Somerville Beat

Here are some tips we’ve learned when it comes to bigger scaled DIY projects:

Most important: Know when to bring in the big guns.

We knew that when it came to structure, we could read blogs all day and still wouldn’t be comfortable doing this on our own. Bringing in someone who strictly focuses on building houses/framing, for example. When we upgraded our electrical panel, we hit review sites to find an electrician that could handle the job and do it in a timely matter.

Photo Credit: Meg Farrar

Research, research, and research some more.

Once you realize that a job will be over your skill level, do your research. Find individuals or companies that specialize in your project and have them come out so they can see the issue first hand. This also allows you to ask plenty of questions. When we had people come out to take a look at our chimney this spring, only one company actually went up on the roof to look and see if they could see any issues with the chimney on the outside. They got the job.

Compare quotes.

I can’t stress this enough. I’d never recommend just using the first company that comes out and gives you a bid. I also wouldn’t recommend using the cheapest either. Just because that number might be more appealing to your wallet, the work might not be as great as it should.

The inside our chimney, needing some serious professional help. Photo Credit: Meg Farrar

What DIY projects are you tackling? Have you brought in professionals to help you out with any of your projects?

- Meg

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