Identifying the Right Time to Bring in the Pros vs. Taking on the Task Yourself for Home Renovation


Doing some work on your house? Is it better to employ a professional or do it myself?

Please don’t rush into a DIY project, whether a significant overhaul or a minor update.

There is a significant probability that you will need to engage a professional contractor to get the House renovation job done right. Remember that you shouldn’t always accomplish things independently, even if you can. Jobs that require significant internal structural changes are particularly susceptible to this (think: roofing, electrical, and ductwork). Doing it yourself could be risky and cost you more money in the long run if you make costly mistakes and have to pay to fix them.

Which is better: getting a contractor or doing it myself?

Employ a contractor if you…

• You will need someone to handle the project, so everything runs smoothly


Do you plan to have someone oversee the entire House renovation project, or do you feel you need to do it yourself? You should hire a professional if your work schedule or other commitments prevent you from serving as a general contractor during a home improvement project. An experienced general contractor can take care of everything from start to finish, including securing permits, hiring workers, selecting materials, coordinating installation, and arranging for inspections.

• You’ve never attempted a DIY renovation before

You aren’t the do-it-yourself, handy type, are you? You shouldn’t be doing the work yourself if you aren’t the hands-on type (and don’t even have a toolbox). You will need to bring in skilled subcontractors at the very least to help you finish the job. If you’re a homeowner without previous experience with home renovations, don’t take on more than you can handle.

• Third, you’re busy


For larger projects like structural alterations and multiple rooms’ remodels, it is highly advised to hire a general contractor to oversee the entire project. Perhaps you can manage a kitchen renovation or a bathroom tile replacement, but you might not be able to do both simultaneously. A general contractor with experience working with multiple moving parts is the best choice for a project of this scale, such as a complete gut renovation.

• You are financially stable

Have you considered hiring a contractor for the extension on house project, and do you have the funds to do so? If that’s the case, paying more to complete the task could be worth it. A general contractor’s fee is usually between 10 and 20 percent of the project’s total cost. Permit fees, tool costs, labor for hired help, and supplies purchased by the company are all included in this estimate. A general contractor should be able to give you a ballpark figure for the overall price of your remodeling before they even start digging in their shovels.

To receive an accurate estimate, it’s a good idea to solicit bids from several service providers. Supplying the contractors with a list of tasks they need to complete is also a good idea. Always leave some wiggle space in your renovation budget, as it is common for unforeseen costs to arise.

• You need permits


Is a building permit necessary for this remodeling job? Finding out what sorts of home enhancements need access will entail researching your cities and area’s rules and regulations. Obtaining a permit is usually necessary for projects like constructing a new extension or altering the structure of an existing one (think: HVAC, plumbing, or electrical systems). Typically, a building permit is not necessary for minor interior renovations such as painting, wallpapering, installing new shelving, etc. If the job calls for a license, you’ll probably need the assistance of a certified professional to get it.

Do the work yourself if…

• You’re licensed and experienced

Do you hold a valid license to work as a contractor? If this is the case, there is no point in paying someone else to accomplish work that you can do just as well on your own. It’s also essential to have the proper equipment and supplies on hand. The convenience of obtaining the necessary equipment and supplies is another argument in favor of handling the job independently.

• You’re ready and motivated


A House renovation is a big undertaking, and you should consider if you have the time and energy to devote to it. If the scope of the renovation is limited to a single room or if the work is straightforward, you may be able to complete it on your own. However, a multi-room or otherwise intensive makeover will require you to seriously consider whether or not you have the time and energy to see the project through. Renovating a home might be challenging if you have kids, a demanding job, college courses, and extracurricular activities to attend to. If hiring a contractor comes at a cost, it may be worthwhile.

• Third, you are prepared with a crew of qualified subcon tractors

Have you assembled a team of experts who can provide a hand with this undertaking?

Depending on the scope of your home improvement project, you may require the services of several different subcontractors, such as an experienced handyman, licensed electrician, reputable plumber, and trusted woodworker. However, you can probably do everything independently if you already have a team assembled.

• You have a limited budget


For economic reasons, you may not be able to hire a general contractor. Since their fees are typically between 10 and 20 percent of the total project cost, you’ll need to do some serious cost-benefit analysis to see if working with one is within your means.

Hiring a professional or doing it yourself ultimately depends on cost, skill level, and availability.

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Houseace Construction’s tested Design + Build approach can inspire you to imagine novel ways in which your home’s functionality, aesthetic appeal, and resale value might be enhanced, whether you’re considering a complete overhaul, an addition, or a kitchen or bathroom renovation. As one of the most seasoned construction companies, we guarantee that we improve its comfort and energy efficiency through remodeling. After the redesign is complete and you’ve moved back in, we want you to Love Your Home and know that you made the right decision in hiring us.