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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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