Home Improvements: Make it Yourself or Hire a Professional?
Whether you want to save money with a do-it-yourself approach or save time by hiring a professional, use this guide to help you decide!
When To Do it Yourself
- You’re Willing to Research
Before you start, take the time to research the project. If you want to paint your cabinets, for example, watch tutorial videos, read about paint options or ask a store associate for advice.
- The Project Isn’t Complex
Simple projects are the best ones to tackle yourself. If you understand the directions and are confident you can execute them, doing it yourself can save you a significant amount of money.
When To Hire a Pro
- There’s a Risk of Serious Damage
Avoid DIY jobs that could cause serious damage to yourself or your home. Examples include a plumbing leak inside a wall that causes water damage or faulty electric work that overloads a circuit or causes a fire.
- You Don’t Have the Necessary Tools
DIYers often get into projects and realize they forgot to budget for the cost of buying or renting tools to complete the task. A pro, on the other hand, already has quality tools to get the job done.
Home Improvements: Reducing the Cost
- Set a Budget
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when renovating is not setting a budget. By having a budget in place before you start, you’ll be less likely to spend more than you intended.
- Buy it yourself
If you can’t save money through DIY, you can try the BIY (buy-it-yourself) approach instead. By purchasing all the necessary products and then hiring a pro to install them, you can save up to 20% in costs.
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