Home remodeling projects can often seem daunting and overwhelming. If you don’t have any remodeling or building experience, you might even think it’s impossible to do on your own. In some cases, of course, hiring a professional is the best way to go. But, don’t assume that’s always the only solution.
Depending on the type of project, you may be able to get the job done yourself. Not only can that instill a sense of pride, but you’ll be able to do it to your exact liking, and you’ll undoubtedly save money along the way!
The most important thing when you’re considering a DIY project is safety. If it’s something you don’t feel comfortable with or something potentially dangerous, you should consider your abilities before committing. But, with so many resources online today, you can learn how to do just about anything if you’re passionate enough about it.
So, should you be your own contractor? Which projects should you tackle on your own, and which ones are better left for professionals?
Why Try DIY?
There are many benefits to renovating your home, to begin with. Whether you just moved into a new house and you want it to better suit your needs, or you’re just ready for a change, renovations can do a lot for your mood. Changing your environment can actually improve your mental health. Studies have shown that certain environmental factors can directly affect your mental state:
- Air quality
- Noise pollution
Even the smallest changes to a room or your whole house can make a big difference in how you feel.
Once you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and do some renovating, why should you consider DIYing your project(s)? Some of the biggest benefits include learning new skills, saving money, doing something physically active, and tailoring your home to your exact standards.
Should You Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?
There are plenty of home projects you can tackle yourself, but there are also some that require the expertise of a contractor or other repair professional. So, how can you know when to DIY and when to spend the extra money on a pro?
Ask yourself one question: Can you do this project safely?
Thankfully, for many projects, there are things you can do to protect yourself and reduce your risk of getting injured. The most important safety factor, though, is to consider your stress level. If you are unsure about whether you can really do a particular project, it might be a sign that you should hire someone else. Some other basic safety tips to keep in mind include:
- Using the right equipment (and knowing how it works)
- Ensuring you have a clean and safe workspace
- Having a first aid kit on hand
- Putting ladders on flat surfaces
There are some projects you just shouldn’t take on by yourself because of the potential risks involved. Avoid DIYing things like garage door repairs, roof repairs, HVAC issues, sanding floors, or removing walls.
Most of those projects require special equipment/tools, and years of learning on the job. Doing them ineffectively or not having the right tools can pose a serious danger to you. Not only could that lead to even bigger problems with your home, but it could end up costing more money, in the long run.
So, while things like landscaping, painting, and adding shelves are great options for even the most inexperienced DIYers, it’s often better to leave dangerous jobs to the pros.
Knowledge at Your Fingertips
One of the greatest arguments for DIYing things nowadays is the fact that there are so many resources right at your fingertips. From articles online to YouTube videos telling you exactly how to complete a project, almost anyone can feel like a contractor. You can learn to do almost anything, so DIYing becomes easier than ever.
You can also use the Internet to research different contractors in your area. If you do decide to work with a contractor, you’ll want to go with someone who is licensed and certified, and someone who gets positive reviews. Thankfully, finding out that information is only a click away. Learning more about their experience, especially if you’re hiring a professional for a specific job like furnace repair, is also crucial. These are jobs that require professionals for a reason. The last thing you want to do is hire someone with little more than DIY experience, themselves!
Doing home remodeling projects on your own has become increasingly popular over the last several years, largely thanks to online influencers and YouTube channels that can help you along the way, and television shows focused on renovations. So, DIYing can be easier than you may have originally thought, but it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Consider the pros and cons of handling your next remodeling project on your own, and do what’s best for your safety and the integrity of your home.
About The Author: Luke Smith is a writer and researcher turned blogger. Since finishing college he is trying his hand at being a freelance writer. He enjoys writing on a variety of topics but lifestyle and home improvement topics are his favorite. When he isn’t writing you can find him traveling, hiking, or gaming.
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