To DIY or not to DIY
You’re looking around and thinking that the renovations you want done could be completed by yourself. Why spend money hiring someone to do a job you’re capable of? A fair question to ask yourself. Below is a list of what you should keep in mind when looking around at the jobs you’re thinking of handling on your own.
Can you actually do it?
This isn’t supposed to be a rhetorical question. Do you have the knowledge and skills to do the job at hand? Before you get ahead of yourself, sit down and look into what you would need to know for the job to be done right. Do you have the tools, or would you need to purchase machinery to properly cut that two-by-four? If you realize it’s more than you can handle, hire a pro. You are transforming your house into your dream home, ensure the renovations are being done properly. If that means it’s not by you, then so be it.
Tools and materials
You’re about to invest a lot of money into your home, don’t take risks that will require you to invest more in the future. This means not cutting corners on quality materials to save a few bucks. Preventing your renovations from falling apart requires the right tools and best materials for the task at hand. This knowledge comes to professionals from experience and studies. Having a contractor who knows what the most cost-effective technique and the right material will be a huge benefit to you when you’re trying to save time and money.
Time is money
Renovations take so much time. Remember when we warned you the project would take longer than you’re expecting? It will definitely take longer doing it yourself. Whether you plan to work during the day and renovate at night or take time off to do the job, the project won’t be completed as fast as a professional would get it done. Will you have the flexibility to take more time off work if delays arise during your renovation process? How much money will you lose if you take time off to renovate in comparison to hiring a professional while you’re working? Be realistic and ask yourself these questions.
Does the household agree?
This might feel like a silly question, but get your household’s opinion on it. They may disagree for various reasons, and not just because they think the job is bigger than you are. What tends to happen is the members of the house get involved as well. They may not feel comfortable taking on that responsibility and would rather a professional do the job. Or they may not have the time to invest into the project, therefore tension will build when they are unable to help you. If you’re about to renovate your home without a professional, make sure you have a team to support you when things get tough.
With renovating, doing it yourself might seem like a good idea, but take these things into consideration before you start the job.