HGTV, DIY Network, and This Old House have inspired rehabber wannabe’s to keep the hammers and nails to themselves. From gutting bathrooms to installing cabinets, homeowners are deciding not to hand off the handiwork to the professionals and instead are managing their own DIY projects.While there’s nothing like putting in a hard day’s work on your home renovation project, is it really worth the time and energy? And worse, could a lack of experience cost you more down the road?
As you plan your next home improvement job, it’s important to crunch the numbers, study your timeline, and examine your own expertise to see if “do it yourself” is the right way to go.
The Pros of Your DIY Projects
- It becomes easier: Thirty years ago, homeowners were taught how to do a DIY home project by a family member or friend, or they ran to the library for a home improvement guide. Today, the learning curve is much smaller. We have a world of information at our fingertips – we can research DIY instructions online, ask for help on social media, and watch instructional videos on YouTube.
- It’s cheaper: With DIY, your only cost is your supplies. Installing a tile floor yourself can cost under $500. A professional can up that price by another $600 to $1,000 when labor is factored in. As long as you have the expertise and time, DIY may be the easiest on your bottom line.
- It’s rewarding: Nothing feels as good as stepping back and seeing your hard work come to life. For newbies, it’s exciting to replace cabinet hardware or change out a light fixture for the first time. For the more experienced, sitting with a cold beer in hand on a porch you built yourself is incredibly empowering.
DIY Projects Can Come With the Inevitable Cons
- It’s risky: You need to gauge the risk factors of every project. If you don’t have the electrical expertise, for example, wiring can be, well, shocking. Plumbing mishaps can lead to broken pipes and costly leaks. Do you know how to secure a permit? If not, you could be subject to fines when you sell. Be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Spending a little extra on a professional now can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the future.
- It’s not as cheap as you think: For instance, wood is just one small piece of a deck building project. You also need a wide array of tools, from nail guns to augers. If you don’t have the necessary tools or can’t borrow them from someone, renting or buying them can quickly add hundreds of dollars to your budget.
- It’s time-consuming: It’s amazing how quickly a one-day project can turn into a three-week fiasco when you underestimate your time or are unprepared for all those little mishaps. Worse, these delays can be a headache for the entire family, especially if your kitchen or bathroom is out of commission while you try to catch up. It’s faster – and often more affordable than you think – if you let a professional handle the big parts of a job, like installing cabinets, while you take care of smaller projects, like painting the kitchen.
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By letting us take care of the work, you can sit back and relax – or spend your time on the dozens of other home improvement projects you have in store. To get your free fence estimate, contact us today!
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