A home improvement project could range from switching around your furniture to a full-blown kitchen makeover. Naturally, this means that the cost of the project could be absolutely nothing to several thousand. Because of this, a lot of people ask themselves a deceptively simple question; is it worth doing it myself instead?
In most cases, the answer is probably no. Unless you have a lot of information on how to wire electronics, overhaul your plumbing or even work with gas lines, there’s a huge safety risk that you need to keep in mind whenever you do any kind of DIY work. Even something seemingly simple, such as replacing your roof tiles can be incredibly dangerous without the right equipment and assistance.
To help you out, let’s take a look at a few comparisons between DIY and contractor work.
Ask yourself why you’re doing it first
Why are you improving your home? Is it because you want to add value to your home, because you’re expecting another child and want to prepare another bedroom or simply because you deserve a little refurbishment to your old house? There are plenty of different reasons to renovate our homes and make improvements and they could ultimately affect your decision of DIY versus contacting a specialist.
Is it something incredibly dangerous?
Be honest with yourself and ask if your planned improvement is dangerous. If it involves working with the utilities such as water, gas or even electricity, then there’s a good chance that you might injure yourself. If you need to climb up on a high ladder or something similar then you’re also better off asking for professional help instead. If there’s a risk to your health or life, don’t take that gamble and just ask a contractor instead.
Can you make a compromise?
There are some contractors that are willing to act as consultants especially if it’s a part of the complete package they offer. For instance, if you’re looking to replace your audio video setup then it’s not really something that could put your health at risk. It is, however, something that might require professional knowledge to pick the right devices and position everything correctly. As a result, you might be able to hire an expert for a consultation but perform the work on your own. Alternatively, if you believe that it’s too much work, then the contractor could continue with their plans and actually help you install everything as well.
How much time do have?
There are many different reasons to hire a contractor but saving time is arguably one of the biggest ones. If a project costs several thousand but could save you hundreds of hours of potential work, then it could be worth the cost to hire a professional contractor if it saves you a lot of time. However, if it’s a job that you’re willing to put time into, then it’s likely the better option as long as it’s not dangerous or potentially damaging to your home.