Is DIY Really the Way to Go?

Do you enjoy physical labor, working with your hands, and getting a little dirty? Are you persistent and patient when learning new skills? Are you the dedicated type who once a project is started you follow it to completion no matter what?

Thinking: not so much? Do It Yourself might not be for you!

If you’ve ever wondered when time to give up the ghost and call a professional may be there are some easy ways to tell if you are biting off more than you can chew.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has devised a 17-point quiz, “Home Improvement Projects: Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional?” to help you take the guess work out of the decision. You can take the test here.

A lot of people think doing it yourself is the way to save money, and some times that can be true, but then again most people also underestimate the learning curve for home improvements as well. Many home improvement projects can really surprise you once they get started and can become both involved and costly – especially if you realize half way through the job that you’ve actually made the problem worse than it was to begin with.

In a recent survey 40% of people said cost along was the deciding factor in trying to take on a DIY project alone. Before you start pulling drywall down consider what it might take to correct mistakes should you cause more damage than good.

NARI says there’s much more to consider than just price when deciding if you want to tackle a project on your own:

• Your own physical abilities, skills, time and understanding of the job. Will it take more than one person, or likely cause you to throw out your back?

• Do you have the right tools? You might be surprised to find yourself half way through your task and discover you don’t have the right equipment to complete the task.

• A plan. More than just the details of the task itself consider how this will disrupt your normal household schedule. For instance, updating the bathroom may mean you have to share a bathroom or even figure out how to make due without one for a couple days.

• Permits, materials and time. Some HOA’s and city ordinances may have to be considered before you begin putting up walls or tearing out windows. Check first!

Don’t want to take on the home project yourself but don’t know who to call? Feel free to ask us for recommendations! As your team of Boise REALTOR®’s we know the area and can likely recommend any number of great home service providers to suit your needs!

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