How to Decide When to DIY and When to Hire a Professional

 DIY projects can be a great way to improve your home and save money, but it can be hard to decide what projects are good to DIY and what’s better handled by professionals. Here’s some factors that can help you make that decision next time you’re considering DIY-ing your home.

Time and Patience
Do you have the time and patience to dedicate to this scale project? Even if you have the knowledge to complete it well yourself, it might not be worth it depending on what else you’ve got going on. If you can only devote a small amount of time each day to the project and it would end up taking weeks, it might be better to hire a professional. On the other hand, if you’ve got plenty of time to commit to a project or don’t mind the long timeline, go ahead and DIY!

Know-How
Are you familiar with this kind of project? How much time will it take you to learn any new skills needed, and do you feel confident in your ability to learn them sufficiently? Some projects are easy to learn via internet tutorials, while others are best left to professionals trained in that field.

Cost
Get a quote from a professional and see the cost difference between hiring and doing it yourself. Consider whether it’s worth it to you to save money vs time and effort.

Consequence of Mistakes
What happens if you make a mistake? Would it be dangerous or cause damage to your house? If the consequences are more than just visual effect, it might be better to hire. Another factor to consider here is the value of your home. If you’re thinking of selling anytime soon, any small errors can be a turn-off for potential buyers.

Enjoyability
Do home renovation projects seem like more of a chore or a fun activity to you? Do you take pride in seeing the finished project that you completed yourself? If so, DIY may be the way to go, even if it takes more time and effort to learn how to do something and fix any mistakes you make.

Permits
Does this job require a permit? These can be a hassle to obtain on your own, and may be a sign that this level of work is most safely done by professionals with specialized knowledge.

Safety
Can you safely do the work yourself, or is it best to hire a contractor for safety reasons?