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When to DIY, When to Hire a Pro

Everything is DIY, right? Well, just because the Internet says it’s easy doesn’t mean you should “do it yourself.” It can be difficult to figure out where to draw the line. As much as you may hate to admit it, some things are best left to the professionals. Here is how you can figure out what you can and can’t tackle on your own.

A great place to start is to chat with your local hardware store’s employees. They can give you great insight based on your personal skill level. For example, unless you’ve gone to trade school you should probably leave plumbing and electricity to the professionals. Not only could a mistake become very costly but you can also potentially suffer injury.

Once you’ve decided you CAN take on a project, you’ll need to decide if you have enough time. Will you need a weekend? A week? A season? And are all parties in your home okay with the time frame it will take. You don’t want to try to redo a bathroom and leave it unusable right before you host a backyard barbecue.

It’s a common misconception that taking on a project yourself will save money. Not so. You’ll need to carefully budget for all of the supplies you’ll need, leaving additional funds should something become larger than initially anticipated. Shopping around and comparing pricing is an absolute must.

If you do decide to hire a professional, there are plenty of resources you can use to find the right team for the job. Be sure to get multiple job quotes and compare them before making your final decision.