Home Improvement – Should You DIY or Hire a Pro

Home improvements can be a daunting task. There are many instances of the homeowner getting too far over his head in a remodeling job and ends up having to pay more just to get the remodeling fixed, not to mention still having to complete the original project. So is it better to just hire a pro to do your home improvement project in the first place?

The answer is maybe. You really need to look at your skills and determine what you can do without getting yourself into trouble. With doing it yourself, you should be pretty competent, and execute good work in order to make the renovation worth carrying out. You know it will suck if you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars only to be left with an amateur looking job.

On the other hand, professional work can end up in high cost, often higher than the estimates that were originally worked up, due to unknowns and changes.

Should You Try a Professional?

One of the better reasons to get a number of estimates is that you can often get good ideas from talking to various contractors that you may not have considered yourself. By actually taking on a contractor, you should save money on materials because pros have discount arrangements with most material suppliers. The pros should also know any special regulations and by-laws that are necessary to the project.

Ways to Save Money on the Home Improvement

To save money, the homeowner can often make arrangements to carry out specific tasks. Installing such things as faucets is usually within the amateur’s scope, particularly when a professional is available to check the quality.

Kitchen and bathroom cupboards can be brought up to date by changing out or re-finishing the doors and replacing old hardware. Some show-and-tell from the contractor can enable the homeowner to save a lot of money to spend on items requiring professional work – like replacing old countertops with new ones.

If the homeowner is willing to paint trim, there are many products our there that use finger-joint or composite options to higher-priced solid wood. Once painted these options are indistinguishable from new. This also applies to interior doors, if they are needed.

To refresh aging decor or to finish renovations, it is often necessary to re-paint walls and ceilings. Sometimes power fixtures can be installed or replaced to change the look. Too, lighting fixtures can be installed without having to access the electrical circuitry. Much of this work can be done by an amateur.

Unless the homeowner is really competent, such things as flooring – hardwood or carpet – should perhaps be left to the professional. However, the homeowner ripping up the old carpet or flooring could save the contractor a lot of time and thus the homeowner money.

Many homeowners try to do things like remodel a garage or basement or perhaps even build themselves a new deck. The idea is to maybe delegate out those tasks you cannot do yourself like electrical work and just do the painting. With garage or basement remodeling you certainly do not have to do it all.

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