There’s something quite fulfilling about finishing a home improvement project. Maybe you learned how to do something new, or you just enjoy seeing the product of your sweat equity. But sometimes, tackling a home improvement project yourself may not be the most cost-efficient or timely way to upgrade your home. So here are some tips to help you decide whether you should “do it yourself” or hire a professional to help.
DIY may be right for you if…
- You view any home repair or upgrade more as a hobby than work.
- You have the expertise to do the project, such as a handyman, carpenter, painter, or other.
- The project is small enough that you can learn quickly to do it watching tutorial videos, reading about it on the Internet, or asking an expert for advice.
- You’re patient enough to work through small mistakes, which may require extra trips to the store or redoing a part of the project.
- You don’t mind if the project is not perfect—you will be living in the space, so make sure you’re okay with floor tiles being uneven or other minor problems.
You may want to hire a professional if…
- Any error would make your home unsafe or put you or your family at risk should something go wrong.
- You have a warranty on your home or insurance that will cover the work.
- Your home improvement project requires permits because it’s a more complex job—many professionals have contacts to move the work along faster.
- You’re planning to sell your home—any “unprofessional” job may be a turnoff to potential buyers.
- Your life is busy, and you would like to spend more time with your family.
If you decide to hire a professional, do your homework. Here are a few critical tips to help you make the right choice for your project:
- Ask friends or family members for referrals, especially if they’ve just finished a similar project.
- Get multiple estimates in writing.
- Ask for references and contact all of them before making a decision.
- Check to ensure the professional has the license and insurance required for the job.
In some cases, you may want to do parts of a remodel or home upgrade yourself and then leave a particular portion to an expert to finish. For example, you put in new cabinets in your bathroom but leave the plumbing to a professional. Just be sure you explain the job to the professional and discuss your expectations before anyone starts to work.
When you’re ready to make changes to your home, we can help. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, home improvement projects can be pricy. We can help you find the best way to fund your project using a home equity loan or line of credit, personal loan, or credit card. Just give us a call when you’re ready to upgrade.