Hiring a Contractor vs DIY: What’s Right for You?

Hiring a Contractor vs DIY: What’s Right for You?

When beginning any new renovation project, it’s important to consider the level of difficulty and whether the project warrants professional services. With the amount of information and tutorials found online today, many projects can be labeled as DIY.

Before you commit to taking on a DIY project, it’s a good idea to consider these rules to determine whether you should go the DIY route or hire a contractor.

While DIY projects can be fun and trendy, they can also be tiring, time-consuming and a huge hassle. Avoid getting in over your head and read on to discover the top signs that your project needs professional help.

Consider Your Comfort Level, Interest, and Experience

When comparing DIY vs. professional renovations, you have to know the limits of what you can do. Have you done similar renovations in the past? Are you comfortable with what the project entails? Are you interested in really learning how to do something new?

These are some of the first questions you might ask yourself before jumping into a DIY project. For example, maybe you are used to painting the walls in your home but know very little about applying wallpaper. In this case, are you willing and interested in learning?

Additionally, if you happen to have friends or family members with experience, that can be an added bonus and resource to help get the job done. In the end, only you can determine what you are capable of and if the project really suits your abilities.

Think About the Consequences

There are certain projects that are definitely better left to professionals. Not only for safety reasons but also to ensure that normal folks don’t cause more damage and ultimately, waste more of their money in the long run.

For example, some lighting jobs can be complicated and better executed by professionals- especially since electricity issues can cause fires. The same goes for plumbing jobs, which are also better left to professionals.

Any type of structural changes to the home should only be done by a contractor or architect. Anything that involves major overhaul or complex, dangerous tools should not be attempted without consulting a professional.

Consider Resources and Convenience

Another question you will need to consider is if you have all the tools, resources and time you need to complete the project efficiently. One major advantage of hiring a contractor is the ease and convenience that comes with it.

Perhaps you have a busy work schedule with extracurriculars that won’t allow you to put the proper time into the DIY project you have in mind. Instead of rushing the project and running the risk of not doing it right, it would be smarter and worthwhile to hire a professional. This way, your life can continue as normal without taking on any added stress or worry.

At the end of the day, your decision to either go DIY or hire a contractor can impact your budget, timeframe and overall happiness with the project. Do your research beforehand and if you do choose to hire a professional, make sure they are qualified and experienced.

For more information on when you should hire a contractor, call Avonlea Renovations at (416) 907-4764 or contact us here.


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