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D.I.Y or Professional?

By March 21, 2018 No Comments

Taking on a DIY project can be a great way to save money, but if you do not have the skills or time, it could cost you a lot more in the long run. Sometimes you need to work out when to call in a professional.

When deciding whether to take on a D.I.Y project, It may not necessarily just be a monetary consideration, you also need to factor in your time and ability. There are also potential risks involved which you will need to take into account.

Firstly, your safety could be at risk. Many jobs that require technical know-how are jobs you’d want done by a licensed contractor.

Even when there are no safety issues involved, paying extra for a professional job is often a good investment. If you’re not quite sure what you’re doing when you tackle a job, you may need to get a contractor in to fix it or worst, it could destroy your home if it is not installed correctly, hasn’t been tightened enough or applied the right way. It is devastating when we see projects that have gone wrong or an issue has gone unnoticed for years and cause significant damage to a home.

If a D.I.Y project is not done properly it could also affect the resale value of your home. online research shows that buyers are turned off by poorly laid tiles or shoddy finishes.

Another consideration is whether permits are required.  A good warning sign that a job is probably too complicated for a DIY job, is if it requires a permit. Each city has its own rules about which jobs require permits, how much they cost, and how difficult it is to get one. One of the bonuses of hiring a professional is that they usually take care of this for you or at least can point you in the right direction.

There are a couple of do it yourself jobs that can be done with potentially good results.

Painting

Painting isn’t always fast and easy, but it’s one of the simplest ways to improve a space aesthetically. Make sure you take your time to prep the areas and ensure you have the skills and ability to ensure a good quality finish.

Laminate Flooring

Very few flooring types are easy to install but laminate floors can be a good DIY project. Remember this can be time consuming if you don’t know what you are doing, so make sure you factor this in before deciding to do this yourself.

There are some jobs which are better left to a licensed contractor due to safety, difficulty, or time.

Electrical & Plumbing

Electrical works should never be undertaken without a professional. Electrical works are highly regulated and most will require sign off from a licensed contractor anyway. Best to leave this one to the professionals.

Some plumbing jobs are quick and easy if know what parts you need and how to turn off the water supply. If not, it is probably best to leave this to the professionals. An experienced plumber will know the parts needed for a quick plumbing fix.

Cabinets/benchtop/Flooring Installs

Installing new cabinets, countertops or flooring is generally pretty complicated. Of course, there are always certain types of floors or benchtops that are easier to do yourself, but consulting with a professional is a smart move if you feel it’s beyond your capabilities. For instance, laying tile, hardwood or carpet is rarely a possibility for DIY projects.

Structural changes

Taking out walls, repairing the foundation or doing other structural changes is not wise when you are not an experienced professional. Homes have load-bearing walls and other concerns that need to be evaluated by a licensed contractor.

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