You think you have what it takes to complete that home improvement project that’s been sitting on the back burner for a while. But should you do it yourself or hire a pro? According to Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, “You have to determine whether you have the talent, the time, and tools to do the job.” Have all three? Then it’s time to assess the risk, time savings, and cost savings, a DIY could — or could not — provide.
Each project comes with a different set of risks. If you don’t do a roof repair right, you risk allowing water into your home, leading to structural damage and mold problems, which will require costly, professional intervention down the road. Pay now to do it the right way. If you have an electrical project that is more involved than switching out a grounded light fixture, leave it to the pros. No amount of money is worth suffering electrocution or losing your family or home to a fire. The same goes for plumbing problems, which can cause extensive water damage if not handled properly. Try explaining that to your insurance company.
You may decide that it’s more important to spend time doing something else during the six months it takes a pro to renovate your kitchen. If you can afford to pay a professional to do the work, you can spend that saved time with your family, take a long-awaited vacation, or complete a smaller project on your own. The time you save might be worth every penny.
It may seem up front that a project will cost you less to complete yourself, but don’t forget to factor in hidden costs. Will you need to buy electric tools specific to the job or rent specialized vehicles, such as a forklift, to haul heavy loads? Will you have to pay top dollar for premium materials that a contractor can get much cheaper?
Here’s a good rule of thumb to use to determine whether a project is DIY-friendly: If it requires a permit, it’s probably best left to a professional. Building an addition onto your home, adding a second story to your garage, and sometimes even building a shed on your property all require you to submit plans to your city’s architectural review board.
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