Thinking about renovating with a home improvement project? It’s an exciting time – after all, you’re enhancing the value of your home, both while you’re living in it and should you choose to sell down the road. But it can also be a challenging time, especially if you go into it without a plan.
One of the biggest decisions for any home renovation is whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. Of course, a lot goes into that decision, like researching, planning and shopping for tools or hiring a professional.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Use our flow chart decide whether your next project should be DIY or if you should hire a professional.
Before any other research, you’ll want to audit the home improvement project in front of you. It will create some additional upfront homework, but it will save you a ton of time in the long run. Here are four things to keep in mind:
1) Time commitment
Plain and simple: do you have the time to focus on remodeling? A good way to determine this is to spend a few days tracking your time, either by writing it down or with a productivity tool like Toggl. Do you have kids or pets to take care of? Are you working on a side hustle that eats up your evenings? Identify any activities that may take your time and focus away from home remodeling.
2) Ability to adapt
Sometimes, a home renovation project takes much longer than expected. What if you planned for a room being inaccessible for a week, but the repairs end up taking a month? Or even longer? Can you deal with that inconvenience, or will it have a major impact on your living situation?
3) Cost savings
Most professional contractors will offer some kind of quote, either directly on their website or via email or a phone call. You can compare a few options in your area, and then consider the potential costs of DIY. Would it be cheaper to purchase all the materials and tools yourself? Do you already have most of them at home? That can play a major factor in which route you go.
4) Finished product
The philosopher Voltaire is widely acknowledged as coining the term “perfect is the enemy of the good.” He likely wasn’t talking about home renovations, but it can certainly apply here. Are you okay with your renovation being “good enough?” Or will nothing less than perfection do?