Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home and are planning some extensive renovations, or it’s been a few years since you updated your tired décor and you’ve decided now is the time for a change, our homes seem to require a never-ending cycle of care and maintenance. But how do you know if it’s best to do it yourself or call in the professionals?
While DIY can be more budget friendly, for safety reasons there’s certain tasks that are better left to the experts. Got a task you want to tackle but are unsure which route to take? This guide has the answers you need!
The Size of the Project
Depending on the size and scope of the project you’re undertaking, you may be able to do all or certain aspects of it yourself – providing you have the time, patience and tools required. This may include wallpapering, replacing the kitchen unit doors, or sanding a wooden floor. Others can take up a huge amount of time and while you could save funds by completing yourself, it’s worth asking: Can you deal with the mess for a prolonged period? Can you commit for an extended amount of time? And are you able to project manage on your own? Answering these questions can help you decide between the DIY or professional route.
Your DIY Skills
Although you may have grand visions about how you want your interior to look, before embarking on any DIY, you need to question your skills. For example, if you’ve only ever handled a paintbrush or basic tools like a cordless drill, you probably won’t be in the position to tackle a full-scale remodel.
As such, assess each part and think carefully about the skills required. Consider if you have the experience required, or if you’d feel comfortable completing each task. If not, it may be time to seek expert help.
In addition to skills, it’s crucial to think about safety. For instance, unless you’re an electrician by trade, you probably wouldn’t consider carrying out any electrical work beyond replacing a fuse or installing a new light. When tackling DIY, it’s also vital to consider the surrounding area. After all, if you’re completing a project that could take some time, you need to be able to live safely around it. When deciding between hiring professionals or doing it yourself, unless your project requires demolition or planning permission, sometimes it can be difficult to tell which is best.
Hopefully these tips will help you make a decision. Happy renovating!