August 02, 2021 at 12:53pm | Hello The Huntley Owen Team
by Paul Denikin

The urge to “do it yourself” can be strong, especially when you want to save money or simply enjoy a new project and feel accomplished in the fact that you’ve completed work on your own. There are some situations where it’s okay to DIY — and some when you should call a professional. Here are some handy tips for figuring out which projects can be done yourself and for which you should bring in the pros:

Can-do attitude: Let’s get it done

Rolling up your sleeves to fix some parts of your home can be a good place to flex your DIY muscles, but you have to know where to start.
  • Update your light fixtures to increase home value. It’s easy, it’s fun picking out new ones, and it doesn’t take too much time.
  • Paint your rooms with new colors. There is research to suggest that wall color impacts mood. Find something that jives with your flow!
  • Redo the bathroom floor with tile-setting tutorials and do-it-yourself guides.

Take a step back from these

While you may want to do everything yourself, sometimes that’s just not feasible. Keep these things in mind as you decide what to take on (and what not to take on).
  • Electric work, for example, is not something you should handle by yourself. It needs to be inspected and completed by a professional. This is about your safety!
  • If the thing in question will cause you too much stress, it’s time to hire a contractor.
  • You should always make sure the project won’t cost more than you put into it. This includes the biggest charge of all: time.

Raise the roof… er, value

Some DIY projects can help you improve the value of your home. This is especially important if you envision selling in the near future, and putting in the work now can help ensure you’re ready when it comes time to put your house on the market.
  • First thing’s first: Do your research when it comes to the housing market.
  • Install smart-home fixtures in your home to save energy. This not only will save you money in the long run, but it will raise the value of the house to potential buyers.
  • Low-cost projects like replacing the front door or adding a fresh coat of paint can bring a new look to your home and add curb appeal for when you do your home appraisal.

How do you hire the right person for the job?

For those projects that require a professional’s supervision or execution, finding the right person is often the most stressful (and important) part of the work. You don’t want to get stuck with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing or who will cheat you out of the work you’ve paid for.
  • When searching for a contractor, get advice from friends and colleagues. Chances are, they’ve had similar work done and give you an idea of who to choose (or at the very least, who to steer clear from).
  • Get and compare estimates from several different contractors and services.
  • Do a search for local contractors and read the online reviews. This step may seem silly or overstated, but it really can help you with your final decision.
  • The Huntley Own Team can recommend a contractor for your project. Just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.
  • DIY projects can be fun and productive, and they can fill you with a sense of accomplishment. You have to know when to throw down and when to put your credit card on the table instead. Good luck with your projects!
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