The rise of the internet has made it easy for homeowners to believe that they can undertake home renovation projects on their own. And sometimes they can, there are plenty of DIY tutorials out there, along with books, that show you step by step procedures for house projects.
And while it’s not a bad idea to learn new skills and how to do things on your own, it is important to know when you should let a professional take over.
1) DIY can end up in disaster.
Avoid getting yourself involved in a DIY project that involves plumbing, electrical, heating or anything else that, if you make a mistake, could cost you far more than what you originally intended and also make your life uncomfortable while trying to fix it.
2) The project requires a permit.
Some house projects are big enough that they will require a permit (a document that guarantees that the job was done safely) the process is almost always painful and time consuming, and that is reason enough to leave it to the professionals.
3) Do you really have the time?
Home renovation projects take time and planning. You never know when something is going to come up that might alter your availability. Really think about how much time you are willing to invest in the project and how that might affect your daily routine and life in general.
4) A mistake could hurt your home value.
Even when you do a bake sale with homemade cupcakes, those cupcakes have to look pretty in order to sell better. Think about what the project, if done incorrectly or without experience, could cost you if you sold in the future. While you might be okay with the bathroom tiles looking a little funky someone else might call it a cheap job and be discouraged to buy or offer less money for it.
5) It could kill you.
Not to get all dramatic and dark on you, but some jobs do require experienced hands and skills you don’t get by watching a tutorial on youtube. So, if the answer to the question, “What’s the worst that could happen?” is it could kill me, then you should definitely hire a professional.