What are the some tells of home improvement amateurs?
April 1, 2014 8:58 AM Subscribe
Home improvement professionals and those with a critical eye for detail: what are the 'tells' of DIY home improvement? What separates amateur work from professional work?
posted by A Terrible Llama to Home & Garden (21 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I saw a comment in a home improvement forum the other day where the poster, some kind of contractor professional, was saying something to the effect that whenever they clicked on a photo album of someone's DIY home improvement project -- bathroom remodel, for example -- it always looks like shit to them because they can tell the difference between something done by professionals and something done by DIY-ers. They weren't being mean -- they were responding to someone's photo album with "and this time it doesn't seem that way. You have done professional-level work."
I'm assuming these tells go beyond ordinary obvious sloppiness like "the tiles were laid with inconsistent spacing" or "the sink is not level" or "that door is not at a ninety degree angle to the floor" or "those colors are an abomination". Maybe it's just a combination of many of these things.
So let's say I'm hypothetically completely redoing a bathroom, including floor and tiling, new sink and bath and toilet (the last two would be professionally installed). What are the details that escape the eye of non-professionals, but not professionals?
(Assume that *materials* are correct, i.e, not lining a shower with the wrong type of dry wall or failing to seal grout or that sort of thing. I am looking for cosmetic tells, although if there's something that everyone gets wrong I'd like to know about it. There is a lot of information about how to manage moisture issues and materials online, so that stuff isn't as ill-defined.)