The Do-it-yourself craze took the world by storm about 7 years ago, fueled by the Internet and a terrible recession. And today, clean up crews are all the rage as they take down all the stuff the DIY’s created back then.
The building industry has gone high tech: from materials, to tools, to installation techniques, only the experts seem to know how to correctly build and install.
So, although there might be a rush of pride and joy when you build something yourself, it’s no shame to admit you can’t fix or remodel your home. It’s out of your league. Like brain surgery and dental work, it’s best to leave it to the pros.
If your goal is to create a more functional space that lasts without costly breakdowns, then hiring a good contractor is wiser. Even home flippers have to be very careful about what they do themselves because they know poor quality improvements will not support the resale price very well.
Do it Yourself projects are not cheap. It may be tens of thousands of dollars of your cash. It’s wiser to ask around for a renovator with a good reputation, and the financial resources to redo it should if they create a disaster. Reputable contractors stand behind their work and won’t let you down.
Hiring pros helps you:
- Get it right
- Have something that lasts and lasts
- Works as it’s supposed to
- Avoid breathing toxic dust and contaminants
- Meet town building code requirements
- Avoid ruining your resale price when you’re selling your home
- Avoid anxiety that you left out a support beam when you moved a wall
- Save money from renting tools and equipment
- Save your precious time and avoid injuries
- Avoid the expense of having to do it all over again
- Ensure the next homeowner’s taste will agree with what’s been done
Perhaps what’s worst about an underfunded do it yourself project is that one cheap fix begets another. From plumbing, to roofing, to electrical, the whole thing becomes a serious mess, and maybe even dangerous in some houses.
“It’s important to do your homework and to talk about the work required and the costs associated with it,” Chaddah says. “Pay for skilled labour rather than unskilled labour. From the article Renovation nightmare from Romana King
One of the keys in evaluating a contractor whether it’s for window replacement or kitchen renovations, is your gut feeling about whether they are efficient. Ask their references about that. The time suck can jack up the costs and create more headaches for you and your family.
Pro window installers for instance focus on what they do every day. Their hourly fee might be high, but they’re quick and do a masterful install. Amateurs will be fumbling when planning, cutting, and installing and something will inevitably be left out.
And as for you, how will you do all that work with your fingers crossed all the time.