If you’re starting a small or large-scale renovation project in your home, why not chronicle the process? With a few photos and an interesting story, you can enter the DIY Reader Remodel Contest 2012 sponsored by This Old House. The top winner will receive a grand prize of $5,000 and a 2012 GMC Sierra. Five runners up will each win a prize of $1,000.
Whether you’re embarking on remodeling one room or the entire house, This Old House will accept proof of the fruits of your labor now through April 2, 2012. TOH has posted pictures of current submissions. View them and get inspired.
If handy does not run in the family and you feel stumped, consider getting help. The National Association of Home Builders provides a homework checklist for households seeking a professional. Start by contacting your local home builders’ association for the names of remodelers in addition to asking friends and family members for recommendations. Choose a professional that can put you in touch with past clients so that you can see finished products. And get a written contract that is complete and clear.