Summer is often a great time for home renovation projects. One of the biggest decisions to make is whether you can do a project by yourself or whether you need to call in a professional.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects offer several benefits. They tend to be cheaper; for example, the average cost to DIY remodel your kitchen is $16,000, while professionals would cost at least $25,000 — an increase of about 56 percent. You can also complete DIY projects on your own time, and in many cases, you’ll pick up a new skill or two along the way.
Of course, a DIY project has greater room for error. Unless you happen to be a plumber, for example, installing a new toilet or shower could prove challenging. You could potentially put yourself in physical danger, and on some occasions, you’ll spend more fixing new problems a DIY renovation causes than if you had simply hired a professional in the first place.
Hiring a professional brings its own pros and cons, too. With a professional, you’ll typically get high-quality results, especially if the company is insured. Should you need a permit, it’s often easier to acquire one through a professional company or contractor than on your own. However, professional projects are often more expensive and force you to adjust your schedule and lifestyle around the construction timeline.
The best decision is often a hybrid combination of DIY and professional. You might be able to do smaller projects in your home, such as changing a toilet or refrigerator filter or painting a new nursery. Meanwhile, larger repairs like fixing a garage door or replacing an HVAC unit may require professional help.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered — use our flow chart to decide whether your next project should be DIY or if it’s better to hire a professional.