Are you pretty handy with a hammer or drill? Looking to save a few bucks on your next home renovation project by completing the task yourself? Well before you get all caught up in the idea of becoming a do it yourselfer, you may want to assess all the pros and cons. You see, most individuals assume that with a little help from a DIY television show or YouTube video that they can create the home they’ve always dreamed of living in.
Don’t be easily fooled. While there are certainly circumstances in which doing it yourself can be easy and cheap, many times, trying to be a DIY expert could cost you more than you’d bargained for. Here’s how:
The Real Risks of Doing it Yourself
“If I learn how to do this, then I could save myself hundreds of dollars in labor hours I would have to pay a contract.” This is a common advantage of DIY that homeowners refer to. However, they don’t really consider all that is involved in completing various home improvement projects. While basic tasks like staining your kitchen cabinets and replacing the hardware can easily be done on your own, larger projects like installing a new countertop or adding more electrical outlets is something that should probably be left up to the experts.
Why? Well, because it could end up costing you more money to do it yourself. Below are a few scenarios to consider:
- Improper installation – let’s say you’re looking to install new plumbing for your bathroom renovation. If you’re not experienced in plumbing, you could end up installing it incorrectly. Plumbing mistakes may not be visible at first, but over time could result in damaged pipes, leaks, and more costing you an arm and a leg to have repaired and replaced.
- Damage to the property – Taking the same scenario of installing new plumbing in your bathroom. Imagine if during the process of installing the plumbing you accidently damage your bathroom wall. This would again cost you a pretty penny as you’d have to pay to repair the damage to the wall while still completing the installation.
- Damage to Yourself – There are all types of casualties when it comes to the world or home improvements and renovations. Imagine completing a project and you suddenly hurt yourself pretty bad. Now you’re going to have to pay for medical expenses as well as compensate for the time you’re out of work while healing.
- Failure to obtain a permit – Not too many do it yourselfers are concerned with the risks of not having a permit for their home improvement projects. After all, who’s going to know that you completed a renovation in your bathroom? Might sound like a good excuse, however, this could get you in serious trouble later on. Should you decide to sell your home and there is discovery of unpermitted work, you could have to tear down the project, pay a fine, and pay for a contractor to come and make the repairs so that they’re up to code.
- You Do a Piss Poor Job – When you’re watching videos or even watching DIY shows, completing a task can seem as simple as 1, 2, 3. However, it is very rare that this is the case in real life. Everyone’s home is not setup the same. Therefore, what worked for one person may not be what works for you. Imagine completing the project and not liking the end results. Now you’ve wasted your time and money and will still have to hire a professional to fix what you started.
It’s Best to Hire a Contractor
You may not want to admit it but the above mentioned concepts are all very real possibilities. Improper installations, property damage, physical harm, unpermitted work, and poor quality are all factors that could end up costing you a lot more than you think you’re saving by completing these tasks on your own. At the end of the day, a contractor is a skilled and trained professional that can handle the tasks at hand without complication.
What’s also great about hiring a professional contractor is that they have licenses, certifications, and contractors insurance, which can protect you financially in the event that they damage property, or harm themselves or someone in your home.
Not sure where to find a professional contractor? Well the good news is that they’re pretty easy to find these days. With a simple online search, you can find out about licensed and certified professionals in the area. You can also take a look at customer reviews to see more about their quality of work and overall customer service. Checking with your local government can help you to validate their license, certification, and insurance for your protection.
You’ve invested a great deal of time, money, and energy into your home, so why cut corners just for the sake of “saving a few bucks”. Unless you have the necessary tools, experience, and understanding of home improvement projects and home systems, it is probably best that you don’t try to do it yourself. While it might seem tempting, when you factor in the potential risks, hiring a professional just makes sense.