The DIY subculture has reemerged between the sixties and seventies in Northern America and has been around ever since. People see this movement with gratification, for providing a low-cost and personalized approach to almost anything we can put our minds and hearts to, including home renovation. For the DIYer, any completed project can bring self-pride and accomplishment.
However, it can also be the total opposite encounter. A failed DIY project can be more than an epic fail; it could lead to wasted resources and time and need to restart from square one. Hence, everyone would have to think thoroughly whether a home renovation or any project per se, can be a DIY scheme or must be left to the experts. Here are some points to ponder.
Cost vs. Benefits, Effort vs. Hassle
Before you evaluate yourself whether you can handle a home remodeling project on your own, think about the pros and cons. While it can initially save you money, DIY projects may take a longer time to complete compared to those handled by experts.
If your project takes a few days or weeks to complete, you may have to consider whether you and your family can move comfortably around your home without being slowed down by the renovation. Simpler projects that take a day or two are excellent for DIY.
Let’s say your only toilet and bath needs renovation. While it can be cost-efficient for any homeowner to install a new toilet by himself, there could also be underlying issues that require attention, such as plumbing works. Unless you are an expert yourself, the DIY process may take the whole day. Put the other people in your household into consideration. Will you be fast enough to complete the installation before anyone needs the bathroom? If not, think again.
Health and Home Risk
Home remodeling comes with various hazards, in the form of bodily harm or damage to property. Inspect all potential perils of any home renovation projects before doing it alone by yourself.
Do away with projects which need expert hands. If you’re not familiar with the workarounds of a particular task, i.e., electrical works, plumbing, etc., leave it to trained professionals.
Weigh your savings against potential damages. Will you be covered in case, God forbid, something happens to you while fixing your electrical and HVAC systems? Are you prepared for any additional expenses in the event your project fails? Remember that we never measure savings with upfront costs alone. Look forward.
Expertise and Equipment
While savings is the primary driver for any DIY project, it requires tons of skills and tools. Hire professionals for delicate tasks, even when you think you have the right equipment unless you’re confident in your facilities to handle the renovation. Also, some projects may seem easy even for newbies, but only if they have the right tools.
Start with smaller projects and leave the bigger and more complicated ones to the people who are certified and have the perfect gear to do the task.
These are the desiderata of DIY home remodeling. Consider these factors before you assign yourself with the renovation. If you really want to do things on your own, get trained with the right tools and practices. Unless you’re ready, give the job to the pros.