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Should You DIY or Call for Help?

One of the joys of being a homeowner is the satisfaction that comes with completing a home renovation or improvement project. However, not every project warrants a quick DIY fix.

The question every homeowner needs to ask is whether to do-it-yourself (DIY) or call in a contractor for professional craftsmanship. Several factors, like money, time, quality of results, and your personal confidence and abilities, impact this decision.

So, should you DIY or use a contractor for your next project? 

Here are some things to consider as you weigh your options

Know Your Resources

The general rule of thumb is to tackle projects you feel comfortable with and have the necessary skill set to complete. For example, you can normally paint a room and save money, but installing tile or building a deck might be out of your tool house, so to say. This is where you may choose to seek professional aid.

Of course, you can increase your chances of a positive outcome if you have the right resources. The internet opens up new possibilities for DIY projects, with plenty of how-to videos and more. It’s easy to learn how to craft molding or build a bookshelf.

However, knowing your resources also means knowing what you can’t realistically learn. Some skills cannot be mastered overnight. You can’t risk having an unsafe home or property, so it’s your duty to hire a contractor in these instances. 

Manage Your Expectations

A huge factor that impacts whether you go DIY or hire a contractor is your expectations. 

Professionals will get you high-quality results that will be long-lasting. A DIYer might be able to accomplish the task, but not to the standard of a professional. You might be able to lay the tile, but it could be uneven.

If you are okay with that, go for it. Otherwise, hire a contractor.

Play it Safe

At the end of the day, you want to feel safe, and you want others to feel safe. If the project has any potential hazards, consider Be Happy Property Services

Potentially hazardous projects include anything with:

  • Lead paint

  • Mold

  • Asbestos

  • Old wiring

  • Polybutylene piping (form of plastic piping that was used in residential plumbing systems from 1978 to 1995)

Other hazardous projects can involve structural changes, like taking out walls or fixing the foundation. You do not want to literally “bring the roof down” – so be safe! 

Consult

If you are swaying between the two routes, consult a professional. Be Happy Property Services offers free quotes. From there, you can weigh the pros and cons to decide 

 

which option works best.

A professional opinion might even shed light on aspects of the project you have not considered yet.

Our team of professionals are licensed, bonded and insured. Look to us to complete those remodel projects you need done – big or small. We also perform commercial maintenance and renovations.

Contact us today to learn more!

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