DIY Or Hire a Pro? Tips to Decide

Posted by Ted Guarnero admin on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 10:57am.

DIYOr Hire a Pro? Tips to DecideMany homeowners choose to complete DIY home improvement projects because they enjoy the satisfaction they get from improving their property. DIY home improvement projects are also more affordable than home improvement projects completed by contractors. However, DIY home improvement projects have their downsides. Homeowners who complete projects incorrectly can cause damage to the home or can even sustain an injury. If you're a homeowner who needs to upgrade your home and you're trying to decide whether or not to complete the projects without help from a contractor, these tips can help.

Assess the Danger

Some projects are dangerous without help from a pro. Some common examples of work that homeowners should not perform without some experience or in-depth training include:

  • Roof work is dangerous because of the risk of falling.
  • Electrical work can lead to electrocution without some knowledge of how to work safely with electricity and electric fixtures.
  • Lead-based paint remediation can put homeowners and their families in danger of lead poisoning.

Professional contractors have the experience and safety equipment needed to help them identify and avoid dangers. If you're a homeowner who wants to take on a DIY project and are not sure what the personal risk might be, consult with a contractor for advice and information.

Consider the Financial Risk

Some home improvement projects can lead to expensive repairs if they're performed incorrectly. For example, a plumbing problem that is badly done may lead to a slow leak over a long period of time. This can cause water damage, mold, mildew and even structural damage. If the leak persists for many months without being noticed, the cost for repair can total in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Gauge Your Experience

Previous experience can help homeowners determine what they're capable of doing. For example, homeowners who have never performed any improvement projects in the past may be most comfortable performing basic tasks like installing curtain rods and painting interior walls. These tasks are relatively straightforward and can be performed adequately with little or no training or previous experience.

More complicated tasks like drain repair, tile installation, masonry repair, electrical fixture installation and faucet installation, are best completed by homeowners who have experience with home improvement projects and who have confidence in their skills. For these tasks, homeowners who have less experience are better off hiring a contractor for these tasks, to avoid causing damage to their house.

Consult With a Pro

Sometimes, consulting with a pro makes it easier to determine whether or not a contractor should be hired. Talking to a contractor about what needs to be done, how much it will cost and what kind of tools are used in the process can help uncertain homeowners decide for themselves whether or not they can DIY their own home upgrade.

Are You Selling? Contact A Realtor

For homeowners who would like to sell their Andersonville home soon, the decision of whether or not to hire a professional or perform the task as a DIY project can be difficult to make. While DIY projects are cheaper and would allow the homeowner to perform more upgrades at a lower cost, doing an upgrade incorrectly can reduce the value of the home and make it harder to sell. Talk to a real estate agent to help you decide which home improvement projects can be performed as a DIY and which should be done by a contractor.

Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales.  Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !


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