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Should You Hire a Pro or DIY Those Repairs and Renovations?

Posted by Chip Glennon on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 9:25am.

DIY or Hire a Pro: Which Should You Do for Renovations and RepairsWhen a new Lenexa home needs repair or a homeowner is planning to renovate it, whether or not to hire a pro or do things on their own is often a big question. It's also not always an easy question to answer, because there are several things that have to be considered. One of those things is the budget for the project, but money isn't the only issue. Homeowners also need to think about the skill level they have, and how difficult the repairs or renovations are likely to be. Then they should consider that things might not go as planned, and whether they can handle additional work if needed. Here are some things to think about.

Hiring a Pro Can Be Less Stressful

While it generally costs more money to hire someone to do a job then it does for a homeowner to do it themselves, the real value is in reducing stress levels and knowing that the job is done right the first time. Homeowners can let the pro know what they want done, and then they can turn the project over to someone with the skills and know-how to make it happen. They won't have to worry about it or spend time working on it, which frees them up for other pursuits that they can enjoy. That stress reduction can be well worth the money for a lot of homeowners, but it might not be right for everyone.

DIY Projects Can Be Fun

For a homeowner with some tools and skills, it can be enjoyable to choose a DIY repair or renovation project. Whether the project is big or small, it might be a fun thing to tackle. But it's important to remember that DIY projects don't always save money, and they don't always go as planned. Sometimes they go awry, and that could mean the need to call in a professional later. Still, homeowners who want to take on their own repairs or renovations have a lot of resources they can go to in order to find out how to do things the right way. They can have the satisfaction of doing it themselves and save money, too.

Consider Skill Levels and Requirements

How much skill a homeowner has with a particular type of project is very important. The requirements of that project matter, too. Some things require permits and inspections, and others don't. Some projects are going to be much better handled by a pro than by a homeowner. A potentially dangerous lead removal project should often be left to a certified contractor, for example. But it also depends on the kind of work that homeowner has done in the past. Maybe they used to be a construction worker, an electrician, or a plumber. If that's the case, there will be a lot more DIY projects open to them that other homeowners probably wouldn't want to consider.

Some Renovations Take a Long Time

It's not always the timely choice for a homeowner to undertake repairs or renovations themselves. Some renovations are big, and they can take weeks or months to complete. If that's the case, a homeowner who also works and has a life outside of their renovation project may take a very long time to get things done. But a small repair could still be handled pretty quickly. The scope of the project is going to matter when it comes down to whether the homeowner wants to tackle it or whether they'd rather hire someone who can get things done quickly and let them move on with their lives.

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