It’s true that a lot of home repair and home remodeling projects are going to require a financial outlay, and the immediate impulse may be to say, “Why pay someone else to do these things when I can tackle them myself?”
It’s a fair question to ask. But the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) recommends you ask yourself a few more questions. They offer a quiz on their website that helps homeowners gauge whether undertaking the job themselves really pays off in the long run. Among them are such points as these:
- Do you have reliable work habits? Once the project is started, will it get finished?
- Do you have the time available required to complete the job?
- Is it a job you can do completely by yourself, or will you need assistance?
- Are you familiar with local building codes and permit requirements?
- Do you have all the tools needed, as well as the skills required?
And perhaps most importantly:
- Will it matter if the project remains unfinished for a period of time?
- Are you prepared to handle the kind of stress this project will create in your family relationships?
The quiz asks several more questions, but even these few should give you a good idea of the things you should consider before committing to a do-it-yourself project.
You want to keep your home in good shape, not just for comfort and safety, but also to maintain its value. If your skills are “passable” and your attitude is “I can fix this in the short-term,” or “It may not be pretty, but it’ll work,” then you are approaching a project with the wrong attitude.
A professional handyman has access to many things a homeowner doesn’t: tools, a qualified and dedicated team, and the ability to purchase materials wholesale, to name a few.
Many jobs, like those involving plumbing and electric work, must be performed by licensed professionals in order to be up to code. Contractors know what kinds of permits will be required and are practiced at getting them quickly; they’ve done this before, many times.
Professional work comes with a warranty, giving you both security and recourse should something not be up to par. If you’ve done the work yourself and something goes wrong, the time and money you’ve invested is simply gone, and you’re still looking at a job that remains unfinished.
Bottom line best advice: Be realistic. This is your home—and the safety of your loved ones, your pets and yourself we’re talking about—and if you have the slightest hesitation or doubt about your ability to complete the job safely and in a timely fashion, it is better left to the professionals.
You’ll come away with a peace of mind that outweighs the cost involved.
Contact your local Handyman Matters office and speak to their Customer Service Representative. They and their dedicated and professional Craftsmen can help you decide how best to proceed with your home repair and remodeling projects.
There are any number of small jobs that most of us can tackle. If it’s painting a room, pulling up old carpeting, changing door and drawer handles, rehinging cabinet doors, sanding and staining, landscaping or refinishing wooden furniture, these are things the average homeowner can tackle, and aren’t something that needs to be done on a strict timetable.
But if you’re looking at jobs that will leave an area of your home in disarray for an extended period of time and create any kind of ongoing inconvenience, or if they pose any kind of hazard.