Remodeling your home will allow you to breathe new life into your space as well as increase the value of your property. Though it offers valuable benefits in the long run, it can be costly upfront. Most home remodeling projects are costly which may lead you to think about doing some or all of the work yourself. Although you can save money, the real question is if you actually should tackle the project on your own or hire the professionals.
The choice of hiring a professional contractor, such as Orange Contracting, or saving money and doing it yourself can leave you in limbo for months. Indecision regarding which way the project should be handled leads many homeowners to avoid remodeling at all. We have a few suggestions regarding home upgrades that can help you decide which option is best for your project.
Evaluate Your Needs
Asking for a suggestion about your project is not always as easy as getting a simple yes or no. Prior to starting a project on your own, you have to think about a few things. You should consider your level of motivation, actual skills and the time you have to dedicate to getting the job done.
Long Term Projects
Some projects will take longer than others. A full kitchen remodel or removing walls in your hope will be much more labor intensive than simply painting a room. Gauge your personal motivation prior to starting a long term project so you don’t get burned out halfway through an unfinished project.
Hiring a Crew Reduces Your Privacy
Your home is typically a private refuge for you and your family. When you hire contractors, that atmosphere is disrupted. Coordinating with contractors can be a disruptive process regardless of how professional and courteous they may be. Consider how much outside influences you will be able to tolerate prior to starting your project. Depending on what you are having done, it could mean that there will be strangers in your home for a few weeks up to a few months.
Self Evaluate Your Skills
Learning how to get a project done on paper is considerably different than possessing the manual skills needed to follow through. Wiring, knocking down walls, running plumbing and other tasks are not only time consuming but also required a skilled hand. There is nothing wrong with taking a chance and learning smaller jobs yourself, but unless you have the skills, you should entrust complex tasks to the professionals.
Plan Your Time
Most homeowners underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete any sort of home renovation. Painting a single room over the weekend is considerably different than trying to re-do an entire bathroom with only a few hours after work every day. Take a moment to consider the amount of time you can dedicate to the project and what that time is worth to you.
Asses Your Mess
The end results of a renovation are a wonder to behold but the journey there is a dirty mess. For every day that you devote to working on building a new area, count three to four days to set aside to tear down the old one. Painting, cleaning up, and finishing are also messy jobs that come with home improvement. If you don’t think you can tolerate the grime, it’s time for the professionals here at Orange Contracting to take over.
Plot Your Spending
If your sole reason for choosing to complete a project yourself is due to your budget, take some time to sit down and calculate the total cost of each option. In many cases, hiring a professional for complex jobs will be more cost-effective. For modest projects that you can complete in a weekend, it may be worth it to have a go at it yourself. Orange Contracting is always here to help with all of your renovation projects. We have helpful staff standing by to offer advice, quotes or suggestion. Give us a call at (416) 817-2590 to find out more.