"Fixer Upper". "Property Brothers". "Flip or Flop". "This Old House". "Rehab Addict". All of these shows have one thing in common: home renovation. Turn on HGTV, tune in to one of their myriad of home improvement shows, and you'll feel like you're now ready to tear down walls yourself. But hold on a minute there, Sparky. Some projects require special skills that you can't get simply from watching a TV show or YouTube video. Lake Havasu homeowners need to ask themselves whether it's a good idea to DIY or if it would be better to call a contractor.
When to DIY and When to Call a Pro
Know your limits. Are you or your spouse a contractor? Then tackling a room addition, tiling the bathroom floor or adding a walk-in closet might be well within your skill set. But, even if you do actually have extensive knowledge of carpentry, plumbing or electrical work, the money you save by doing it yourself may not be worth the time it takes to complete the job. That's especially true with today's hectic schedules.
What to Consider Before Tackling a DIY Project
First of all, consult a specialist. Pay the flat fee to have an electrician come out to assess the situation. Visit your local home improvement expert to ask about installing light fixtures. Call up the water company and ask their opinion about how to resolve an issue. Want to paint a room in your house? You can probably tackle that job yourself. Just make sure you take the time to prepare the wall properly (taping, spackling holes, etc). Want to increase your Lake Havasu home's curb appeal by painting the trim? Go for it! But, need to paint the entire exterior of your home? That would be a good time to call in a pro. And when it comes to things like electrical and plumbing issues, I strongly suggest you hire a licensed pro. Make sure you check their references, license, and insurance, too.
Next, think about how long it's going to take you to complete your DIY project. A pro could bang out that bathroom remodel in a couple of weeks. However, you only have the weekends to tackle the project. Are you ready and willing to live in a construction project for several months just to possibly save a few dollars?
Finally, how much are you really saving by doing it yourself? For some jobs, you may need to rent tools you don't currently own and may never use again. Also, what if you don't quite get it right the first time and need to buy more materials to fix your mistakes? You may be making several trips to the home improvement store and putting down more cash than you initially thought. If you lack time or experience, it might be time to call in a pro instead of going the DIY route.