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3 Tips on Deciding if You Should do a DIY Home Renovation VS Home Renovation Company

These days, everyone fancies themselves a DIY-master. With the cost of home renovations being enough to make most people cringe, it’s no wonder that people want to save every single dollar they can. They aren’t wrong. Doing it yourself can be a great way to save some money here and there but it’s important to know where to draw the line because trying to do the wrong thing on your own can not only be dangerous, but it can end up costing you a lot more money in the long run.

Some advice on DIY vs Hiring a Professional Home Renovator

I’ll just start by saying that in the vast majority of cases you’re probably best off calling a professional. While doing this or that may seem easy in theory, the unfortunate truth is that most of us don’t really know the true ins and outs of a house. A professional knows what is and isn’t possible, along with important information like whether or not the work being done needs a permit first.

But even if you think you know well enough, there are some instances that you should definitely hire a professional for.

One example of this is any work that requires a licenced tradesperson. These jobs can be dangerous if done by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing and if these jobs are done improperly, can have devastating consequences for the people who live there. Some examples include:

  • Structural Changes: done improperly could have a negative impact on the overall structure of your home. If the weight support isn’t installed properly you could have a partial or full collapse in your home.
  • Plumbing: done improperly can lead to faulty pipes which can result in water damage to your house and soaring water costs.
  • HVAC: done improperly could cause faulty heating or cooling alongside rising costs in your monthly bill.
  • Electric: done improperly your house would be at an increased risk of fire due to problematic wiring.
  • Other jobs that often require special licensing are roofing, siding, bricklaying, drywalling and more. Always consult someone on the legality of your DIY before starting the job.

There are also many instances when a permit is required like in all in most instances where a tradesperson is required as listed above (electric, HVAC, structural changes, plumbing), any additions or expansions, the creation of a rental suite, new fireplaces, any outdoor structures over a certain size (including decks and sheds), any work on the foundation of your home, any newly created window or door openings and more. Some areas have stricter regulations than others, so it’s always important to check your area to find out if the work you’re doing in your home needs a permit. Many people think “well who will know if I even do it without a permit?”, but if you ever find yourself wanting to sell your home this can come back to bite you because you may be unable to sell, or banks may be unwilling to fund the purchase for buyers because of the illegal additions.

If the project you have in mind doesn’t fall under any of the above categories it’s time to do an evaluation of the project. If you’re looking to do something as simple as paint a few rooms I’m sure you’ve got this. But there are a lot of factors in play more than how “easy” a task is.

1: Consider the cost of a home renovation.

I’m sure if you’re considering doing a DIY this is probably the number one reason. You want to save money. You’ve done the math and naturally without the labour costs associated with professionals the job would be a lot cheaper. Keep in mind that in life you tend to get what you pay for, and while you’re theoretically saving money, you’re spending more on supplies than the professional would. They have access to supplies at a lower cost. There’s also the fact that if you mess up and inevitably have to hire a professional to fix the mistakes you made you will have paid for your own supplies, the repair and the work you initially wanted to get done.

2: Consider your DIY home renovation skills to a professional.

Yes, the person in the youtube video makes it look so easy. It’s because they’ve done it countless times. Things aren’t always as easy as they look when done by someone who knows what they’re doing. And knowing what to do isn’t always the same as having the skill and ability to do it. Would you let someone who isn’t you, with the same skill level as you do work on your home?

3: Consider how much time it will take to renovate your home vs hiring a home renovation company to do it

Time is money, they say. Professionals can usually do a job quicker than people who are inexperienced. How quickly does it need to be done? Do you have the time to give up for the job that it takes? It’s not uncommon for people to start projects and then find they just don’t have a chance to finish them, leaving them incomplete for days, weeks or even months.

DIY Home Renovations VS Hiring A Professional

When it comes down to it, only you really know how skilled you are in a specific area. If you spend your life helping a parent do projects around the house you’re probably more skilled than someone who’s never picked up a hammer in their life. Be wary of your own opinion though, if you’ve ever heard of the Dunning Kruger effect you’ll know that people tend to have an inflated sense of knowledge about things they really know nothing about. If you’re willing to take the risk, be ready to face the consequences.