What to “DIY” for Your Renovation Project and What to Get a Contractor for

DIY projects can definitely be rewarding. In addition to saving money, it can leave you with a sense of accomplishment of a job well done. But before you pick up the hammer, which jobs are really worth your time and effort?


Remember, just because you can DIY something, doesn’t mean that you should. Some jobs require expert skill and can be potentially dangerous to you and your home. Here are some signs you should consider hiring a contractor.


The job is dangerous – The first thing you should ask yourself is, what is the worst possible thing that could happen? If there is any possibility at all that you could hurt yourself or family member in the process, the job should be passed onto a professional.


You are planning a major renovation – DIY is great for jobs that can be completed easily in a weekend or spread out comfortably over time. For example landscaping, painting, simple installations, or routine maintenance can easily be accomplished by someone with little to no experience. Complex jobs such as electrical, plumbing and tile setting should always be left to trained professionals.


It could destroy your home – Some jobs, such as plumbing, can have long-term negative effects on your home if not completed properly. Taking on major jobs such as this can actually damage your home and lead to costly repairs down the road. Consider the long-term effects and household necessity of a job well done.


It requires a permit – One telltale sign that you should not attempt a job on your own is that it requires a building permit. Every city and state have their own requirements; some states even allow homeowners to obtain permits on their own. However, if a job requires a permit, you may want to think carefully about attempting to tackle it yourself.

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