How to choose whether to hire or DIY

(Guest post by Ryan Franklin)

It’s finally time to get to that remodel project you’ve been putting off for way too long. Your game plan depends on the scope of the project and what you expect when everything is said and done. Once you’ve figured out the overall goals, it’s time to decide how you’re going to get it done. Of course, you can tackle the project yourself. Alternatively, you can hire a contractor to do the job. Deciding between the two can be difficult, but we’re here to help. Read on to find out how to make the decision to hire or DIY.

The case for hiring

There are a few factors that point strongly to hiring a contractor. The first is experience. If you’ve never done any remodel work before then you probably aren’t going to be as efficient. A contractor does this for a living, so as long as you get someone reputable you know they’re going to do a good job. The second factor is time. Do you have a deadline? Are you willing to spend a lot of time working on it? If you have a tight deadline then a contractor is usually the way to go, unless you’re in a situation where you can make the remodel a full-time job. The last factor is licensure. If you’re doing something that requires plumbing, for example, you might not be able to do the work without a license. If one or more of these factors fits your situation then a contractor is likely the way to go.

The case for DIY

There are also several factors that will lead you to doing it yourself. Surprisingly, the first one here is also experience. In this case it’s a little bit different, however. If you have experience doing remodels that’s great, but we’re thinking about the person who wants to learn the necessary skills and is willing to do the work. If you’re looking to add a few skillsets and it overrides other concerns then the DIY route might be for you. The second factor is money. Generally, it’s going to be less expensive if you can cut out the labor costs associated with hiring a contractor. That said, if you end up making costly mistakes this might not be the case. If money is a concern, then make sure you apply the “measure twice, cut once” philosophy to the entire project. The last factor is the scope of the project. If you’re doing an entire house it probably isn’t a good idea to do it on your own, no matter how much you want to. Unless you’re in an extremely forgiving set of circumstances a project with a huge scope isn’t good for the DIY route. After you’ve considered these factors you should know whether DIY is for you or not.

You should be able to make a choice with the above factors in mind. Whatever route you go, good luck with the remodel!


Author’s bio: Ryan Franklin is a guest writer who is an expert on remodeling and shipping. He can tell you how to tile your bathroom or find the right yacht transport.

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