Should You Do-It-Yourself?
Author: Tammara Garland
My husband and I began a renovation of our home years ago. Much of the work we've done has been done ourselves, which has been a significant undertaking. On the other hand much of the work we hired out presented challenges of its own. From our experience, if you are a handy do-it-yourself type of person I encourage you to do as much as you can on your own.
The largest draw-back to doing the do-it-yourself projects on your own, is the time involved, and especially if like most of us you have to work for a living and can't renovate your home full time.
Why do I encourage you to do the work on your own? The number one reason is the significant amount of sweat equity you can build up. Another reason is you just may be more pleased with the work done in comparison to if you hired out the work. There is a substantial amount of self-satisfaction when you know you accomplished it on your own. Another reason why is because you can avoid hiring what can end up being shady characters, and having them in your home. Or, you may end up with carpenters who really can't do any better of a job than you do.
If you are going to renovate your home, do your homework before you begin. If you decide to hire out the work don't always trust that the company with the biggest advertisement is your best choice; as I can attest to a bad experience with that one! If you do hire a contractor for some of the work, make sure it is an individual you can communicate with effectively and ask for references.
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For home repairs and help with makeover ideas be sure to research what your plans will require before you begin. For some you may be able to accomplish only the easier tasks such as painting, wallpapering, adding decks, and installing flooring, which is fine because the worst thing you can do in a do-it-yourself project is to either bite off more than you can chew, or to hire shady characters to do it for you. Do your research and if you do hire contractors, watch out for the shady ones! Every industry has their fair share of people wanting to take advantage of you.