Every home owner needs to do repairs from time to time on their house. Every few years a roof needs reshingling, bathroom needs remodeling, there is a deck or a fence to build, or some other project.
It is easy to get in over your head with projects around the house. When this happens, the whole family gets cranky from putting up with a construction site where they are tying to live and relax. So how do you know when something is a DIY project and when is it time to call in a professional? There are 3 areas to consider.
You need to know your skills. If you have never done a project around the house, don’t start with ripping out a wall, moving it, and refinishing it. That is a major project that involves considerable planning, work permits, and skills in carpentry, electrical work, plastering, and finally painting and finishing. If you are a tradesman at your day job, then you have that covered. If you are a plumber by day, there’s no guarantee you are a decent painter by night. Try small projects at first to see how you measure up. For example try a box for firewood, or a wood garage step instead of a living room built-in bookcase to start. Once you know your skills, you can evaluate how difficult a project will be.
You need to be able to visualize and plan the project. If you are looking at a wall, and seeing a finished built-in bookcase that is a good start. But if you can’t picture the steps needed to get you there, you will run into problems. If you don’t plan things out properly before you start, you will end up backing up to redo steps a second time, and you will not have the materials you need to finish the job. In short, you will waste a lot of time in needless work.
Last, you need the time to do the work. It doesn’t matter if you are a master, if you have 6 kids running around and you are working 60 hour weeks, it is impossible for you to find the time to complete your DYI project. Also, a contractor has the right equipment like Makita impact driver. Certainly, you don’t want to spend huge amount on money on equipment that you will; not regularly use. Hence, if you lack the equipment, then always go and ask help from the right professional.
If you have the DYI skills needed for the project, you can plan each step of the way, and you have the time to do all the work then you can do the job yourself. That’s still no guarantee it will be a smooth job, but if those three areas are covered your problems should be fairly small and easy to deal with.
Missing any of those three areas? Then you should seriously consider getting a professional to do the work for you. A professional contractor may cost a fair bit per hour, but they know what they are doing, and in the end the job will be done better, faster, and likely with less disruption in your house than if you took on the task yourself.