Most home improvement jobs are better suited for the professionals. There will be times that you might think that you can tackle your home renovation job and you’ll ask yourself “Can I do home improvements by myself?”
There are some pros and cons to each line of thinking. Obviously going with a professional home renovator, it will cost you some money to get the house you want. Doing it yourself seems simple at first, but once you get moving on your project, unforeseeable things and snafus come up that you’ll need to properly assess and tackle.
Yes there are TV shows out there that really go the extra mile to tell you that yes you can do your own home improvements, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
You first need to assess your own skill set, how well you are with a drill or a hammer. Do you have patience to see a project through from beginning to end? Is it worth your time to go over an architectural plan and see things through to the end?
When you finally decide that “hey, I can do home improvements by myself”, it comes with a laundry list of items you may or may not be aware of.
- First off is time. Home improvements are very time consuming. If you set yourself each weekend to buy and install new cabinets in your kitchen, expect to be with kitchen cabinets for a few weeks/months. If one does think I can do home improvements by myself, perhaps it might be better suited for items that you can do over the course of a few weeks, like landscaping or a basement paint job.
- By saving money by not renovating with a professional, you might think that materials will be cheaper and that you can shop around for the right price. Materials can not only be very expensive, but running around and finding deals might actually cost you more, depending on how much travel and shopping around you do. Contractors and home renovators are all interconnected throughout the city and some, if not all, have different referrals and deals they count on for multiple projects. Utilizing a contractor that can help with deals on materials can help out in the long run.
- Risk factors – some homeowners who have decided to do the home improvements by myself will have already had some experience with a hammer or a paint job. If you are a first time DIYer, then you may not be prepared for some of the risk factors when improving your home. Things like electrical sockets, natural gas lines and proper plumbing techniques always need a professional outlook so one won’t hurt themselves.
- Understanding the scope of a project: Yes, I can do these home improvements by myself. No I didn’t realize it would take a long time to do all of them! It’s probably best to start small – with minor touchups or enhancements that will help give your home that pizzazz you’ve been looking for.
Ultimately, if you enjoy working with your hands – be it outdoors building a deck or indoors renovating your kitchen, it might not be a terrible idea to do your home renovation by yourself. Make sure you are cautious and prepared for what’s to come with your home renovation regardless of what you choose to do.