Here at home improvements we're interested in results. We want you to have a great home at a great price. Sometimes you can cut costs by doing a job yourself, and sometimes it's not worth it and you should be considering calling on a professional.
There are many aspect you should be consider when deciding whether to 'do it yourself' or to hire a professional tradesman. Can I get results I'm happy with? Do I have the confidence to see this job through? Do I have the time to do this job? And do I want to do this job? On the other side of the fence you'll be asking 'can I afford a professional?' and 'do I want to spend money on a professional when I may be able to save it for other things?'
Can I get results I'm happy with?
If you opt for a professional tradesman that comes recommended and with no glaring negative feedback, then you can reasonably expect a good end result for the project. Chances are that you may perfectly capable of doing this job. The only way to find out is to do it. Completing a DIY project successfully can fill you with great satisfaction, however encountering hurdles you did not predict and making mistakes on your home can be very disappointing. Not only will any mistakes be glaringly obvious to you, they could also have a potential impact on the curb value of your house. Our recommendation is to do your research and consider every step involved in the task, and only proceed if you are confident you can get a result you'll be happy with.
Do I have the time?
If you don't have the expertise to do a job and are experimenting for the first time then an already substantial job could take a long time when split up over evenings and weekends. The other consideration is that if it takes a professional a long time then labour costs could mount up. We recommend whatever DIY you plan to do you should overestimate the amount of time you think it will take and budget that work time in advance of starting the project. Nobody likes living in a building site for long.
Do I want to do this job?
Only you can answer this. We believe the best thing about DIY is the enjoyment an individual gets out of improving their living space. If you're already dreading the thought of it, it may be worth costing the labour rates of a reputable professional.
Can I afford a professional?
Hiring a tradesman to work on your home can be costly and in many instances you'll find it's a good financial move to do it yourself. Just keep in mind the potentially variable end result.