DIY or Contracting?

 

Before you make the decision to complete a project yourself or hire a contractor, there are several things you should evaluate. They are listed below.

  • hvgvkhbAvailability: Projects take a  lot of time, so make sure that your schedule will allow you to dedicate nights, weekends, and maybe even weekdays for the length of the project.
  • Knowledge and Skills: Evaluate whether you have the knowledge, skills, and experience to complete the project correctly. Fixing a mistake made during a home improvement project can be extremely expensive.
  • Physical Abilities: Home improvement projects are extremely draining, so make sure that you will  be able to complete the projects safely!
  • hbjlhfbkjlasdfaExpectations About the Project: If you have very high expectations about the project and little experience, you should probably hire a contractor to meet your expectations.
  • Tools that You Have Available: Many projects require special tools that you probably do not have in your home. Make sure you can rent or buy them near your home.
  • hbfljhbaldfIf Your Project is One of the Following: If your project is one of the following, always have it completed by a professional.
    • Plumbing
    • Gas Appliance Projects
    • Electrical Repairs
    • Asbestos Removal
    • Roof Repairs
    • Repairs to Exterior of Your Home
    • Repairs that Use Hazardous Chemicals

DangerAlso, make sure to be aware of the dangers of completing a project yourself before beginning your project. They include the following.

  • Injuries: If equipment is not used properly, it could injure yourself or others around you.
  • Fire: If electrical work is not done properly, it could cause fire.
  • Water Damage: If there are problems with your plumbing or roofing project, it could cause water damage.
  • Mold: Problems with roofing or plumbing or even sealant that is not applied properly could cause mold to grow in your home.

After evaluating these different aspects, you will be able to make an informed decision about completing a project yourself or hiring a project. If you are looking for more information, check out the “‘I’ve Got Time’ Learning Center” when you are able to.

 

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