When DIY Home Remodeling Is Not Enough

DIY Home RemodelYou installed a new brass door knob last week and now you feel like you can conquer bigger home improvement projects. However, when it comes to remodeling an entire bathroom, basement or kitchen, can you really tackle the project entirely on your own?

There are numerous factors to consider when deciding whether to take on a home remodeling project solo or hire a professional (we recommend the latter!). Here are a few things to think about before diving in headfirst:

How big is your project?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, approximately 50 percent of homeowners spend $950 or less DIY home remodeling projects, That’s typically because most homeowners take on small-scale work that does not require significant experience or craftsmanship.

If you think your home remodeling project will exceed $1,000, it is definitely worth calling in a professional unless you are skilled in this area. Believe us, it pays to find a reputable remodeling contractor.

Do you have the specific skills?

It’s great that you would like to tackle a DIY project, however, the reality is that even with patience and motivation you may not have the know-how to successfully execute a project to meet your own expectations. It’s important to think about the “what-ifs?” For example, “What is behind the wall I am about to tear open?” Ask yourself, do you have the actual skill to replace potentially rotten wood or repair a water leak. By bringing in a professional, you can rest assured that your remodel will be structurally (and aesthetically) sound.

Furthermore, many of today’s contractors guarantee a warranty on their work. So if something does break, you won’t be paying again for the exact same work.

Do you have the right tools?

A home remodeling project might seem simple until you realize you don’t have the proper tools to finish the job. And the cost of renting or buying tools can quickly add to your overall cost.

In addition, some tools simply are not readily available to just anyone other than contractors.

Finally, ask yourself if you have the patience to complete the job yourself. For instance, if you struggle to finish other projects in a timely manner, DIY remodeling will likely be no different. And as most people know, major remodels are not projects that can be knocked out in a morning.

If you are ready to speak with a professional contractor regarding your home improvement project, give Republic West Remodeling a call today. As the leading home improvement contractors in the Phoenix-area, we are happy to provide you with a free consultation.

Jim Weisman (685 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.