For many homeowners, it’s tempting to save money by turning a renovation project into a do-it-yourself endeavor. Such an approach to home improvement can be fine for smaller jobs and minor household repairs. However, a DIY approach is rarely effective for most extensive projects. If you’re considering making some updates to your home, take a moment to consider why you’ll likely be better off by hiring a contractor to get the work done.
Do-it-yourself projects are often relegated to weekends and evenings. Contractors have the resources and manpower necessary to complete most renovations within a reasonable period of time without being restricted by their availability.
No Permit/Zoning Worries
More extensive renovations often require permits. Many contractors have experience with the process of obtaining permits. They also tend to be aware of local zoning laws, industry construction regulations, and homeowners’ association regulations.
Fewer Safety Worries
DIY projects sometimes result in unexpected safety issues and risks. Contractors have experience working in different environments and settings, so they usually come prepared with the right equipment and tools to safely complete tasks, especially ones involving the use of ladders or electrical and plumbing work.
Accurate Cost Estimates
You may have a general idea of how much a DIY project should cost. But what you actually spend could be far more than what you anticipated. Most contractors are adept at identifying all possible costs associated with a renovation project. It’s also likely that they’ve done the same exact type of work for many other clients, so they’ll have a better idea of how to estimate costs.
More Design Options and Choices
You may not have a clear idea of how to transform your vision for a space into a beautiful and cost-effective reality. Renovation contractors are often able to customize designs and present a wide range of options with everything from tile colors to your choices for light fixtures and cabinets. And they’re usually willing to offer suggestions and share insights so you’ll have a better idea of what can be done with a space.
Find a contractor who will take the time to discuss your goals, establish your budget, and clearly present your options. Reputable contractors will gladly provide estimates and won’t pressure you into making a decision until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready to get started, make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to the results expected and in agreement with what’s going to done.