Should you DIY or hire a pro?

tool-beltA lot of Bacchus Marsh homeowners will be looking to renovate this year, and one of the first questions they’ll ask themselves is whether they should DIY or hire someone to do the hard work for them.

In an ideal world, everyone would be able to hire someone to make all of their renovation dreams a reality, however the catch is that hiring a contractor can eat up your renovating funds quickly.

Doing your own handy work can end up being a cost effective way to improve your property, however you need to be well aware of your limitations and only attempt jobs that you’re 100% confident you can do safely.

Remember, if you start a job that you don’t have any knowledge on, not only could you cause harm to you and your family, but you might also end up causing more damage than you started with. In many cases, DIY projects also don’t have the same level of finish as work carried out by professionals.

Another issue to consider when doing your own renovations is how much time you have to finish the job. Renovations can be time consuming and it can be hard to prioritise them when you have regular work and daily life to attend to as well. Time is money, so sometimes it’s easier to save up and hire a professional for the convenience and so you can get on with other things.

Assess the costs of your DIY project compared to getting a professional in and ask whether or not it’s worth the savings and time. If you’re not confident in your abilities then your property might benefit from the expertise of a professional, however if you’re known to be handy round the house then maybe you’re better off pocketing the cash and doing the project yourself.