Renovating or repairing your home has the potential to add both financial and aesthetic value, but there’s more than one way to approach it. The first option is to get some help and have a professional complete the job for you. Alternately, you might opt to tackle the job on your own. Which path you select depends on multiple factors, with a few key points forming a basic guideline for your decision.
Home Remodeling: Should You Hire a Professional or DIY?
Above everything else, safety has to rule in any renovation or repair project. If there is any chance that you could compromise your own or someone else’s physical well-being along the way, give the pros a call. Remember, even if you have the right skill set for the work, you might not have the tools or manpower necessary to approach a given task safely. Additionally, your region might require specific licenses or certifications for some types of home improvement projects based on safety considerations.
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Are You Physically Able to DIY?
Related to the concept of staying safe during a renovation or repair project is your physical status. Even if you’ve written the book on electrical design or spent most of your life installing cabinets and tiles, your health might stop you from pursuing your project alone. For example, you might need to get help if you have a heart condition and know the project requires a lot of heavy lifting. In the same way, medications or other treatments might limit your alertness or strength to the point where you can’t guarantee your ability to complete required tasks. Think about the health of others in your home here, too. You might not be able to work if you are busy caring for someone else.
Expense and Time
When you hire a professional to renovate or repair your home, hours of manual construction can add up quickly, especially if your project requires working with a crew of experts instead of just one. Doing the work yourself cuts costs, leaving you responsible for only supplies. For some individuals, this fact is the difference between scraping the project and turning it into beautiful, physical reality. On the other hand, if your schedule is filled to the brim already, or if you have a reason to finish within an unusually short timeframe, then it can be worth it to wrap up quickly with hired pros, particularly when you’re working on rooms that get lots of use, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Some individuals also are willing to pay more to try the work. They know they’ll likely have to spend a little extra to fix some mistakes along the way, but they want to gain experience for future projects.
Do you Have the Right Equipment?
Some renovations and repairs require pretty basic equipment, such as hammers, sandpaper, buckets or various pre-manufactured hardware. Others, however, take tools most people don’t have sitting around in their shed, basement or garage. For example, if you’re working on the foundation of your house or putting in piping, you might need a backhoe. Depending on your needs, you might or might not be able to rent the equipment for your project.
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If you’re in a small neighborhood or happen to have some connections to the construction world, you might get lucky and find a team of professionals you know and trust both in and out of business. More likely, however, hiring people to do a repair or renovation project in your home means allowing strangers onto your property. If you don’t feel comfortable exposing yourself, your friends or your possessions to people you’re not familiar with, tackling the job on your own might make more sense. Consider, too, that elements within your home, such as your security system, might make the project more complicated, as you might have to be home to grant the workers access at the proper times. All good estate agents should be able to give some basic advice on how to maintain security during the job–navigate here for related information on proper insurance coverage.
Modern renovation and repair professionals sometimes can be the best bet not only because they have more experience, but because they also stay on top of innovations happening within the building industry. They are aware, for instance, of better materials or products just coming onto the market, and they stay on top of design and regulation changes. Their insights into these areas can save you money, keep you safer and ensure that the project fits both immediate and future needs/preferences.
You have really only two choices for renovation or repair of your home–do the work yourself or hire someone. Both options can work equally well, so make the decision that’s best given your unique circumstances and budget.
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Oliver Corrigan is one of those homeowners who seems to be able to turn his hand to most DIY tasks with ease, but he understands others need more help and support, which is why he shares his tips and suggestions with an online audience. He regularly writes for a number of DIY and property websites.