When there’s a repair or home improvement project on their to-do lists, homeowners are challenged with figuring out if they should hire a professional or DIY their own project. The good news is that you can do plenty of things on your own. For other more complex projects, it’s recommended to hire a licensed contractor, plumber, or electrician to do the work for you so there’s no surprises and extra expenses during the process.
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, when taking on home improvements or repairs you want to strike a balance between saving time by hiring a professional and saving money by doing it yourself. So, here’s a list on how to know when to hire a professional and when to go DIY.
Replacing Hardware — Do It Yourself
If you would like to upgrade the tarnished doorknobs, outdated cabinet pulls, or boring light switches. Pick up new hardware from a local home improvement store and go for it yourself. Replacing hardware is a simple fix that any homeowner can do on their own and can make a difference on your home.
Replacing Roof Shingles — Hire a Professional
Contractors can repair your roof in significantly less time — and save you risk of injury. Unless you have significant roofing experience (and aren’t afraid of heights), you’re better off leaving this job to the professionals.
Installing Ceiling Fans or Light Fixtures — It Depends
It might an easier project to put in a new fan or light, if the wiring is already there. Just make sure that you’ve turned off the power on the circuit breaker before removing the original fixture.
However, if you want to add a ceiling fan or overhead light to an area that doesn’t have wiring in place, you will need to hire an electrician. They will check to see if your home needs to have some rewiring done and if it has sufficient power, cut and patch drywall to install the fixture, and add a light switch. Those are projects that are better left to the professionals.
Installing Major Appliances — Hire a Professional
When you decide to install a new oven, refrigerator, washing machine, or dishwasher, you’re better off hiring a professional to get the job done right, because you can run into some complications. They will check the wattage, check gas and water connections, and ensure that your new appliance is level. You might also save yourself a lot of time by hiring a professional, versus learning how to do the installations yourself.
Adding a Backsplash — It Depends
Adding wall tile to your kitchen or bathroom can make a huge difference and is something that you can actually do yourself. Home improvement stores have all the equipment you need to get the job done and can help you answer many questions that you might run into while doing the project yourself. When considering this DIY project, make sure that you have the time to prepare the mortar and grout, lay the tile, seal the backsplash, and allow everything to dry. There’s also lots of DIY videos that you can find online that teach you step-by-step how to install a backsplash.
If this seems like it may eat up to much time or you do not like tedious work it may be a good one to hire in a contractor. When ever doing tile in a tub or anywhere else it is there to hold water we highly recommend calling in the pros.
Adding Granite or Quartz Countertops — Hire a Professional
If you decide to install new granite or quartz counters, it’s better to hire a professional. Upgrading your countertops involves precise cutting of the quartz or granite and assistance from several people to lift the heavy countertops — plus the initial assurance that your cabinets can support the weight of the heavy material.
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