There is a certain amount of pride that homeowners take
in showing off their home to others, especially if they have done the
home renovations themselves. Call it your inner child screaming, “Look at me!
Look at me!” on the playground, but most would agree there is something
very satisfying about doing it yourself. Of course, not all do-it-youself (DIY)
projects turn out like they are supposed to in real life, and in reality can
cause damage to your house or your body. Should you hire a handyman to do the
project for you? It’s always tempting to give it the old college try and
attempt a home repair or improvement project to save money, time, and hassle.
But before you begin you need to take stock of what you can handle and what
would be better left to the professionals.
How much time do you have?
Sure, you are a smart guy or girl. Sure, you can look up how
to do just about anything on the internet these days. But do you really want to
spend all your weekends and after work time for the next three months re-tiling
your master bathroom? In theory it might be a valiant effort in declaring
yourself fully on the DIY bandwagon, but in reality it might suck the life out
of you so that you can’t ever imagine attempting such a feat again.
What is your skill level?
Whether it is
installing new kitchen cabinets or grouting your tile, take an honest look at
what your true DIY level is before you begin the project.
What is your budget?
Before you begin your project it is important to evaluate
your finances. Chances are, if money is tight, you will be attempting to do the
project yourself. Many times doing the project yourself will save you money,
but keep in mind that a handyman might have connections or know shortcuts that
someone outside the field might not be privy to. Also, if you get in over your
head enough, there is always the chance that you might have to call someone to
fix what you have already done, which could end up being much more expensive
than you were originally counting on.