Contractor or DIY?

Home improvement jobs for the DIYer

Need to make some home improvements before you list your home for sale – or did your property search lead you to a home that needs some remodeling? Some jobs are better suited to DIY than others.

You can decide if a project is something you want to tackle yourself, or something best left to a pro:

  1. Can you do the job? If you have the skills to complete the project in question, it may save you time and money to simply go ahead and get it done. Jobs like painting or cleaning fall into this category – most healthy adults can complete them without a big learning curve.
  2. Do you have the equipment? That simple painting job may not be so easy if cathedral ceilings or staircases are involved. The investment required to rent specialty tools or scaffolding may be high enough that it makes more sense to have the job done for you. Calculate your expected costs for doing a project yourself and compare them to the cost of hiring a professional contractor.
  3. Do you want to learn? If you have always wanted to learn a new skill like laying tile or woodworking, a small DIY project can give you the hands-on instruction you've been waiting for.
  4. Do you have the time? Make sure you can commit to a project before you decide to tackle it on your own. This is particularly true of kitchen and bathroom projects, since a disruption in these areas is likely to disrupt your daily routine, too.

DIY projects can be a satisfying and rewarding way to get work done on your home, provided you have the time, the money and the skills to tackle them on your own. For best results, look at each project as an individual and decide which suit you best before you begin.

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