Successfully completing a home remodeling project with your own two hands can be enormously satisfying, but what if you screw it up? Hiring a reputable professional is a sure-fire way to have a room properly and beautifully remodeled, but is it always necessary and worth the cost? If you’re debating whether or not to dip your toe into a DIY (do-it-yourself) project, we’re here to help. Should you DIY or hire a pro? Scroll down to find out.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
First, keep in mind that every remodeling project is different and every homeowner has a different experience level. Be honest with yourself and don’t try to tackle a project that’s far beyond your skill set. Also, if possible, convince a friend or family member with a talent or love for remodeling projects to help you out. Next, follow these tips:
Research the project. Search for your specific remodeling project online to see what other homeowners and contractors have to say. You could also ask someone you trust for advice, whether that’s your favorite handyman or an employee at a remodeling center. Learn the details of the task, read instructions (you can find a basic set online), and evaluate whether or not you have the time, tools, and talents to complete the job successfully.
Assess the level of danger. Obviously, some projects are more dangerous than others. Roof work? Very dangerous. Painting cabinets? Not so much. In addition to your concerns for your health, remember that if you get injured while working on a remodeling project, you will have to face medical bills as well as remodeling costs. On the other hand, most professionals are licensed and insured, so homeowners don’t have to worry about paying medical bills if their contractor is injured on the job.
Consider the cost and the time commitment. Materials can be expensive, especially if you need to rent or purchase new tools to get the job done. Plus, you won’t have any “insider deals” like the pros. In addition to the price of materials and tools, consider the cost of your time. An experienced pro would complete the project far faster than you could. Are you willing to devote extra time and labor to the project? Are you willing to shop for the materials yourself and do the necessary research? For some homeowners, a quick turnaround time is more important than a low budget.
Basic guidelines. As you begin your research, here are some basic guidelines to follow:
- If the project requires a permit, leave it to the pros.
- If it’s a cosmetic fix (painting, sanding, staining, grouting), try a DIY.
- If the project is structural, leave it to the pros.
- If this is your first time remodeling and you’re starting small, try a DIY.
- If the project involves plumbing or electrical work, leave it to the pros.
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Finally, remember that if you decide to DIY, you need to be very careful and meticulous with your work. A poorly installed remodel won’t last as long as it should, and your amateur work could disappoint future buyers, lessening the value of your home. So take your time, read any instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to call in a professional if things go awry!
Whether you intend to DIY or hire a pro, if you’re planning to remodel your house, be sure to check out Curran Design Center, a small, family-owned and -operated business located in Nixa, Missouri. Our talented team of designers can help you remodel any room in your house, handling everything from kitchens and bathrooms to room additions and floor coverings. To learn more about our full service design center, please give us a call at 417-724-1018 or click here for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!