How To Know When To DIY or Hire A Professional Contractor

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One of the most difficult choices for Raleigh-area or any homeowners, ranking up there with tankless or traditional water heaters and whether or not to paint an accent wall, is determining when a home project falls into the DIY category or requires hiring professionals. The pride and thrill of successfully performing a do-it-yourself installation or remodeling face off against the risk of catastrophe and potential “I told you so” of a significant other. So what’s an ambitious homeowner to do?

Below, you will find a list of tips that will help guide you in that age-old question of “To hire or not to hire?”

Designers: When considering remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, an important question is whether or not to hire a designer.
-Designers bring expert vision and experience to remodeling projects but also bring extra initial cost.
-Since designers can purchase materials at discounted prices, it’s possible to recoup some of those costs.
-Designers keep projects on budget and on time, and their “eye” for the job helps avoid potentially glaring mistakes that a do-it-yourselfer might not see until it’s too late.

Time: One of the most important parts of project completion, and one most often miscalculated by ambitious DIYers, is time. How much time will a project take? How much time do you have to devote to the work until it’s completed? Nobody wants a half-finished bathroom with tools and sawdust and uninstalled towel racks cluttering the place.
-Do your research and learn how long a project you are considering usually takes. If it turns out you won’t have the time or energy to complete it, it’s probably a good idea to hire a professional.
-What are you willing to live with? If you want to remodel your kitchen and can only do it on weekends, are you willing to have a mess and nearly unusable kitchen for a few weeks or months?

Risk: The riskier the job, the better bet it can be to hire professionals.
-Anything dealing with electricity or natural gas pipes is best left to someone with a name sewn onto his or her shirt and who has more insurance than you do.
-Plumbing projects are not quite as risky, but mistakes can cost lots of money and time to repair.
-Low risk jobs, like painting or refinishing floors, are usually suitable for DIY.

If you are thinking of replacing your water heater as part of a home remodeling project, or you might need some help with plumbing services, feel free to contact us at 919-868-3585 or check out our contact portal on our website, and our experienced staff will help determine the best course of action for you and your home.