How you choose to give your home a makeover is often dependent on your skill and budget. You can go the DIY route and save money. On the other hand, you can hire a pro to do the work for you. To help you pick the wiser route, see guidelines and tips below.
WHEN TO DO-IT-YOURSELF
Doing home improvements yourself may be budget-friendly, but it can take a huge chunk of time in your daily schedule. Consider the DIY route if your answer is “YES” to the following questions:
- Are you capable of doing a DIY project (skill and time wise)?
- Is the DIY project worthy of your time investment?
- Is the DIY project not putting your home and your safety at risk?
- Do you have enough expertise to do the DIY project properly?
- If you get the work started, will you finish it on schedule?
- Are you ready to face the stress the DIY project entails?
- Will going the DIY route be cost-saving even in the long run?
Some of the great home improvement and makeover projects that are safe for you to DIY include:
Painting. Painting your walls, ceilings, etc. is one easy way to get started on your DIY home improvement project. However, you must have the right painting materials, equipment, and protective gears for safety. Be careful with using ladders as well.
Gardening. One of the simplest ways to incorporate your personality into your home and literally get your hands dirty is through growing your home garden.
Replacing lights. Replacing busted lights is pretty easy. However, for more complex lighting concerns, hiring a licensed electrician is greatly recommended.
Decorating. One of the easiest and safest ways to DIY is through making your own home decorations and accessories. With DIY crafts and decors, you can unleash your inner creative and make your own version of branded decors at half the price.
However, to prevent DIY home improvement accidents and injuries, follow these safety measures:
- Only do tasks that are safe for you to handle.
- Always tidy up your working area to avoid creating safety hazards.
- Keep tools, etc. away from your children’s reach.
- Always wear protective clothing and accessories.
- Avoid doing outdoor DIY projects in bad weather.
- Secure a complete first-aid kit on hand.
- Maintain the sharpness of your cutters, etc. Dull ones are dangerous.
WHEN TO HIRE A PRO
Although hiring a pro can appear costly at first, it offers value for money in the long run. With the professionals’ expertise in their fields, expensive mistakes and safety hazards can be avoided.
Below are home improvement projects that require a pro’s expertise and you must never DIY:
Electrical work. The construction, testing, installation, fixing, and replacement of any piece of electrical equipment like wiring, plug points, light fittings, etc. must only be performed by professionals or electricians who carry a license or permit.
Gas fittings. For your and your home’s safety, you need to hire the services of professionals or licensed gas fitters alone to do all types of gas works, etc.
Window installation. For leak-free windows, leave window installation and replacement to the pros as these tasks require skills and specialized tools.
Plumbing jobs. According to current government regulations, only licensed plumbers must perform plumbing jobs of any type especially the major ones.
Major projects. When it comes to major home improvement tasks like wall modification or removal, large landscaping projects, refinishing of solid hardwood floors, etc., hiring a pro is greatly recommended to avoid costly mistakes and damages.
A home improvement project can be considered as one of the most important and most expensive investments a homeowner can make. Pick the best route for you and save yourself some trouble!