There are tons of reasons homeowners try to tackle home renovation and remodel jobs themselves — but probably the most common one is cost. Professional contractors are pricey — and often, it’s paying for their time and services that comprises most of the cost of a project.
It’s an exciting time – after all, you’re enhancing the value of your home. But it can also be a challenging time, especially if you go into it without a plan.
Is it safe to DIY?
Whether it’s balancing on a roof, installing a fuse box or manipulating a 250-pound garage door, certain home renovations pose the risk of physical danger.
Before undertaking any DIY project, always ask yourself:
Could I get injured or killed doing this? If the answer is yes — or even maybe — then hiring a professional is not only the better option, but the only option. Saving a buck on DIY house repair isn’t worth your wellbeing.
When to hire a professional contractor?
- The job requires a permit from your municipality
- It needs specialized tools or equipment costing over $100
- Local laws or your homeowners’ association require a professional
- You would be working with potentially dangerous substances: electricity, gas or other hazardous materials
- A mistake would make your home unlivable