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Hire a Contractor or Do It Yourself?

March 28, 2018

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Home renovations can turn out just like you imagined or can become your worst nightmare. This usually depends on whether you decide to hire a contractor or not. While saving on the cost of hiring a professional, you’ll also be able to ensure your own opinions are heard and executed, which may not always be followed by a hired expert. However, a contractor has the experience to deal with complicated situations that may arise and can suggest improved ideas that will make the project better and sometimes more cost efficient.

So the question remains, how do you know whether you’ll be able to do it yourself or when to consider hiring a professional? The following tips will be able to help you come to an informed decision on which path you should start your home renovations on.


When to Do It Yourself


Small Projects

These are the projects that are easy to research and all guidelines can be found on the internet. When painting a room in simple patterns, for example, the instructions are easily understandable, and it would seem absurd to pay someone to do it.

If it Becomes a Hobby

For people who enjoy spending the time on renovation projects, it would be a good challenge to try and complete this project on your own. Why pay someone to do what you would rather be doing anyways? Just ensure that you know how to do what you’re trying to do before things get out of hand, you wouldn’t want to end up spending more than what it would’ve initially costed you.


When to Hire a Professional


Complicated Projects

Mistakes made during renovations can become very expensive. This is why it may be best to consider hiring a contractor with insurance, in case any unforeseen problems occur during the period of the project. If mistakes are made, your investment is safe and you will finish your project without spending more than you had previously allocated to the budget.

Permits Needed

Specialized knowledge is sometimes necessary when dealing with structural and electrical renovations. The city government provides licenses to contractors specifically to ensure that no damage is done to both property and person, as well as to ensure everything stays within regulations. Instead of worrying which tool to use and how to go about fixing something, hire an expert to do all the work twice as fast and avoid the extra costs of any mistakes that could’ve occurred.

For a Sale

Doing any renovation yourself is amateur compared to that of an expert. Potential buyers are looking to purchase property at its best state, so when you present an average or poorly renovated home to a client, they’ll quickly move on to their next option. If you spend a little extra on hiring a professional, you’re more than likely to make it back within the final sale.

Time Constraints

Many people have jobs other than the maintenance and upkeep of their home and barely have time for DIY activities as such. If you find yourself low on time, it becomes absolutely necessary to hire a professional so you can ensure the project stays on schedule and is finished by the date planned. If your project takes longer than expected, this can cause unforeseen costs that you may not be capable of paying. An expert will get your project done on time and within budget.

Unexpected Costs

Doing things yourself sounds appealing because you think you’re saving money on hiring extra hands. You must also consider the costs of buying tools and equipment that a contractor would already own and mistakes during the project you will have to pay for where a contractor would be insured.

You can do the small projects yourself during your free time, but when it comes to complex renovations it’s wise to hire a professional. Here at Dilamco, we will guide you through any of your home renovations projects. Make sure you finish on time and within your budget by hiring one of our professionals today.


Also on the blog:

Things to Do Before Hiring a Residential Contractor

6 Tips to Prepare for Renovations in your Home


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