When DIY Is Not Enough

kitchen remodelSo you installed a new brass doorknob last week. And you replaced an old, inefficient shower head the month before in your guest bathroom. Now you feel like you can take on any kind of home project, large or small.

But when it comes to remodeling a kitchen, can you truly tackle the project entirely on your own? There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to take on a home remodeling project solo or hire a professional.

What is the size of the project?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, approximately 50 percent of homeowners spend $950 or less on DIY remodeling projects. That’s typically because most homeowners take on smaller-size proejcts that do not require significant expertise or craftsmanship.

It’s probably worth calling in a reputable pro unless you are particularly skilled or have a fair amount of previous knowledge.

Are you truly motivated?

If you tend to struggle to finish projects in a timely fashion, DIY remodeling is probably no different. Major remodels are not projects that can be knocked out in a weekend. So, if you don’t have the patience, odds are other life-issues will get in the way and you’ll be wishing you had called a pro in the first place.

Do you have the right tools?

A remodeling project might seem like a cinch up until you realize you don’t have all the proper tools to finish the job.

In this situation, the price of renting or buying tools can quickly add up. And if you don’t have something on hand, you most likely will not know how to use it.

Furthermore, some remodeling tools simply aren’t readily available to anyone other than professional contractors. If you knock out a wall, putting down a tarp isn’t going to prevent dust and other unhealthy contaminants from covering every surface in your home and destroying your indoor air quality. Smart contractors make living quarters a top priority by using dust control equipment to ensure your health isn’t placed in jeopardy.

Do you have the right skills?

The fact that you’re considering a DIY project proves you take pride in your home. Yet, the reality is that – even with patience and motivation – you may not actually have the know-how and experience to execute a project to meet your personal expectations. By bringing in a skilled pro, you can rest assured that your kitchen remodel will be structurally and aesthetically sound.

The final, big question: are you going to be able to live comfortably during the remodeling process? Time, hassle and clutter can often turn what was once looked upon as a “fun” project into your biggest nightmare. For your safety and health, it’s best to set realistic expectations about the projects you are confident that you can accomplish, and call on a professional remodeling contractor when it’s outside your wheelhouse.

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, start by evaluating your current kitchen space and pinpoint what is and isn’t working for you. Think about your ideal kitchen space, and your top wish list items for your dream kitchen. Once you have some basic ideas, our team of kitchen remodeling professionals can help you develop a specific plan, based on our many years of designing stunning kitchen remodels in Scottsdale.

Jim Weisman (707 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.