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Tips From The Pros

DIY or Hire?
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Youtube videos make it seem like any person could take on any job.  There’s a how to video out there for anything from changing an air filter to replacing a shower.  So, while DIY projects may be increasingly more popular, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are always the best option.

 

If you’re trying to decide whether to hire a professional or do it yourself, consider these things:

 

·      How important is this project?  If you are patient and you don’t expect perfection, then DIY might be for you.  But if your family’s safety, the sale of your home, or something critical is riding on this project, hire a pro.  It’s not worth the risk.  Trying to fix the roof yourself might seem quick and efficient, but it does wrong and your home is damaged as a result, you’ll be wishing you had called the pros the first time around.

 

·      Do you have the equipment?  Many cost motivated DIY-ers fail to factor in the expense of special equipment needed to get the job done. 

 

·      How much time do you have?  Consider not only the amount of time the project will take, but also how long your family inconvenienced.  For example, a kitchen remodel can be a major disruption to your home.  Hiring a pro means you won’t be pressed for time and stressed about your family’s comfort for weeks on end.

 

·      What are my skills?  We aren’t questioning your abilities by any means, but we do think it’s best to play off your strengths.  If you quickly take to hands on tasks, you might find yourself enjoying a DIY project.  But if tools, blueprints, trial and error are frustrating to you, a DIY might be an exercise in frustration.

 

Wow! There’s a lot to think about and we’re only getting started.  If your motivation is waning, no sweat.  We live for home renovation projects and we’d be glad to chat about what you have in mind.  Give us a call! 




 

 

 

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