With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start that home improvement project you've put off all winter.
Now, the question is whether to hire a professional or do the project yourself. Before you run off to the nearest home improvement center, be sure to do your homework before spending money.
Remodeling is a complex process. It can either be rewarding or a nightmare experience. You may very well be capable of taking on a remodeling project yourself, but do you really have the time and experience to cover the potential problems that you could face if you proceed without a professional? For the handy homeowner, a DIY project done right can be satisfying but not necessarily cost effective.
If you're looking to shave costs, exercising your DIY skills could actually add to your bill. Remodeling to add or to reallocate space can mean knocking out a wall, building a wall, adding a room, or extending a room. Structural changes to a house are not DIY projects. You may also be involved with replacing windows and doors as well as upgrading the electrical and plumbing systems. What appears to be simple changes can end up involving more extensive work, which means time and money you hadn't planned on.
Consider the following before you pick up a hammer: Do you have the skills needed and tools required to do the job? Are you on a timeline? Will you need assistance to perform the job and if so, do you have access to highly skilled, licensed and insured tradespeople? Are you familiar with your local building codes and permit requirements? Do you have suppliers for materials needed? Are you prepared for safety issues? If you answered yes to most of these questions then more power to you. DIY all the way! If you answered no, hiring a professional remodeler is going to be your best choice.