DIY projects have increased in popularity due to home improvement shows and publications. Small DIY projects can be rewarding and fun – if you are prepared and have the proper skills. But before you start knocking down walls and running wiring, ask yourself the following:
Do you have a clear idea of what you want your renovation to look like?
Do you have the time to complete the renovation?
Have you ever undertaken a renovation like this before and have the necessary skills? If not, do you have the time and resources to learn the skills?
Do you know and have everything (materials, tools, etc.) you will need to complete the renovation? Or know where to obtain the necessary materials.
Are you familiar with the applicable building codes and permits? And do you understand all the safety issues.
If you cannot complete the renovation according to your original schedule, are you and your family prepared to handle the extended inconvenience?
Do they have the time and skills required for this project? Will you need assistance, if so, who will assist you?
Are you familiar with the structure of your home (ie. how knocking down a wall will affect the structure)?
Have you considered the hidden costs associated with doing it yourself?
It is easy to look at the cost of hiring a professional renovator and think only of labor and materials. But remember they offer you an important service – years of experience, the right tools, a network of suppliers and subcontractors, and an in-depth understanding of building standards, cost estimating, scheduling, and the latest construction techniques and materials.