It’s a thing that crosses our minds all too regularly, and whether you are preparing your house to sell it, or you have been living in it for far too long, you can benefit from giving your house a little spruce up from time to time. But when you think about renovating your property, the one overbearing aspect that comes to mind is always one of cost. Your finances will always dictate how much work you can do, and so, the temptation is to cut corners with every aspect of the work. Sometimes this is feasible, but sometimes many things need paying for. If you’ve got a member of the household that is handy with tools, no doubt they will tell you that they can do the majority of the housework. But for all of the penny pinching, this isn’t always practical, but it’s not always safe too. So when it comes to renovating your property or making any general home improvements, which aspects are ok for you to sort, but which ones are best left to the professionals?

 

The First Question You Should Ask Yourself…

Remember, when it comes to any sort of DIY, there are three things to consider, time, effort, and cost. Whether you are hiring a professional, or you plan on doing most of the jobs yourself, you need to ask yourself, is it worth my time? My effort? Or my costs? Budget is a major factor for any person trying to do it themselves, and it’s always worth asking yourself if you really can afford it. There are sites like youcandealwithit.com/ that can give you a practical breakdown of your budget, so you know exactly how much you can set aside to get the best possible work done for your budget. By factoring in budget, you know exactly how to progress.

 

Leave It To The Pros…

Depending on the scale of your renovation, the first thing you should think about leaving to the professionals is the planning. While you can budget yourself, it can benefit you to pay a professional to think about the whole project. It’s not just about one aspect of the home, it’s about the whole scope, and how you should break down the implements of the task. For example, you may require an inspector to look at the overall safety of your home, but also the aspects that need fixing urgently. If you’ve got many things that need fixing immediately, you may benefit from hiring a contractor that does many different types of repair. A site like wildwoodroof.com/ does repairs in relation to masonry, but also the roofing, and the sidings of a home. One of the biggest problems homes of a certain age face is one of asbestos. So, if you find asbestos, it will have a knock-on effect on the rest of your renovation work, so you need to get a professional to remove it safely. Remember, asbestos is a very dangerous substance, and you should never attempt to remove it yourself. The same applies with things that have a physical connection in the house; these include electricity, gas, or plumbing. A lot of the work when it comes to plumbing and electrical changes in the structure always needs approval. It does depend on where you live, but in a place like New York City, the Department Of Buildings needs to give its approval.

 

What Can You Do Yourself?

Usually, the very minimal of changes can be done safely and securely yourself, things like tiles or kitchen fixtures, or things that require a simple screwing together, like doors, can be done with a minimum of fuss and a minimum of cost. While these superficial aspects can be done easily, there are some aspects of demolition that you can do yourself, not in terms of taking a sledgehammer to the walls, but things like tile work, moldings, or to the extreme, pulling up floorboards or carpets, these can be done safely. The reason these are ok for you to get on with is because a lot of these can be taken apart piece by piece, rather than demolishing something as a whole. The great thing about the superficial changes that you can do yourself is that they can be easily learnt. By applying cosmetic changes to your home, you don’t need any planning permission, but also there are some fantastic resources with regards to DIY work available online. You just have to go into YouTube and type in exactly what you’re looking for, and there is an abundance of clips on your required task. If on the rare occasion you cannot find a suitable YouTube clip, there are various forums available online, and these benefit from the input of professionals.

 

And Before You Plan On Doing It Yourself…

Remember, you should make sure you have all the relevant knowledge and equipment to do it right. You may also feel that you are saving money by getting the job done yourself, but if you go into it without any decent base of knowledge, you might find you are going to do more damage to your property rather than solve the problem! Remember, if you make a big mistake, and you need to get the pros to come in and redo the work, not only will they charge more for the work, but the other option would be that they might refuse to do it completely. So that eyesore of a hole in the wall may stay there for a few months yet! Or at least until you’ve learnt how to put up walls yourself. In other words, do your research, do your homework, and learn as much as you possibly can before you undertake any sort of DIY.

 

We all like to save money, but we also want to make sure that the job is done right so it can be cheaper for you to hire a professional to do the work rather than you and take the task yourself. So, is it worth your time, your efforts, and your money? Good luck!

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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