When you have an older home, sometimes it comes with a long list of major faults that need to be fixed. Other times it’s a newly built home you would like to put your personal touches on. Either way, the chances are you have a couple projects you want to tackle in your home. There always comes a time when a decision must be made to hire a professional or to do it yourself, but how do you decide which is the better option? Where to draw that line between hiring a pro or trying a DIY will depend on a few things.
Any project that requires plumbing, electrical, or deals with the physical structure of your home should be handled by a pro. Those are the parts of your home where a specific skill is required. No question about it.
The projects that have a high price on installation is where you can decide what you have more of: time or money. These projects include tile installation, demolition, clean up, drywall and drywall mudding and taping. These projects generally require a lot of time or detail work, so if you are willing to do the work yourself you could save a lot of money. If you need the project finished in a short amount of time because it’s an area of the house you use daily, you will have to ask yourself what kind of time you have, and how dedicated you are to finishing. Speaking from experience, when a DIY project takes too long it tends to sit almost finished for a long time. It is easy to lose interest when the work gets hard. If you are someone who likes to check the job off your to-do list, and can finish it in a reasonable amount of time, then DIY is for you.
For those who don’t want to tackle the dirty work themselves but still want to save money, you can always do the demolition and cleanup yourself. When you get a quote from a contractor have him list those separately so you can see how much money you will save.
Get an itemized quote from your contractor to see what projects are worth doing yourself.
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Comments & Reviews
It’s easy for me to know when to call an expert…..ALWAYS!
And to answer your question…I want to add windows and a banquette to my kitchen.
Kyla Cornish says
I get sooooo stressed out with home improvements. I would like to be a bit more brave. My bathroom is horrible!!!!
I want to get my art hung. And I need more shelves. And blue sky – heated floors!
My bathroom. I want it finished. It will need a pro. I’ve done what I can.
We’re doing part of a bathroom right now. I told my husband he can do the demo but we were hiring a pro for the rest: plumbing, tiling etc.
Is this the bathroom in your bedroom? If so I NEED some before and after pictures.
Jody Robbins says
Our main floor bathroom desperately needs an upgrade. Wallpaper would be fun, but I’m scared. I think that’s why I’m avoiding this project.
I need to install a large, u-shaped desk in my office. I think it might be beyond me but I might tackle it anyway because that’s just what I do 😉
I would love to change our bathroom. Instead of the mirror being above the sink they put it beside the sink. Silly owners!!
Krista M says
1) We have limited storage space & need organizational features built. 2) We would like to install closet doors around the house.. this place only came with one set so we have 5 closets that don’t have any doors! 3) Our drawers in the kitchen are falling apart & need some rebuilding.