Hire a Contractor vs. DIY Home Renovation

Hire a Contractor vs. DIY Home Renovation

Maybe it’s time for a change in your home. But do you hire a contractor or begin a DIY home renovation? TV shows make it look easy. You might think you can save money. Sure you can, but is a potential nightmare worth it?

Today, we’ll look at DIY home renovation vs. hiring a contractor. You must think about costs, timeframe, physical labor, your skillset, etc. Whether you’ve just purchased a home or are looking to renovate areas of your established residence, it’s time to make the final decision.

When to Hire a Contractor

Keep in mind that if you require a special permit or even a license to work on a project, it’s time to look to the professionals. Asbestos inspection and removal? Leave that kind of thing to a contractor. Have a look at our City of Houston Building Code guide right here for more help.

Have a look at the following three sections to see when you should opt for a licensed contractor.

Structural Repairs

Older homes likely will need structural upgrades that demand contractors, architects, or even engineers. In these cases, you need to prepare for “surprises” along the way that affect your workflow, timeline, and budget.

Complicated Installations & Replacements

Replacing things like bathtubs, toilets, and sinks could result in costly mistakes if you aren’t experienced or trained in such an installation. Hardwood floors and tile can also present issues as you’re working around doorways, corners, and baseboards, especially if the room is large.

Further, if it’s time to replace windows in your house, then you should turn to the pros who understand the ins and outs of framing and insulation. You want everything sealed up tightly so that your home is energy efficient, keeping your bills lower.

Gas, Electricity & Plumbing

Remember those permits and licenses we mentioned above? That comes into play here. Disasters can occur when it comes to handling the plumbing, electrical, and gas related projects in your space. Don’t do this alone. Consult Rise Construction, your top construction company in Houston.

Above all, safety is essential. If a project or any aspect of a project could hurt you, kill you, or destroy part of your home, begin searching for a contractor who understands your vision and needs.


When to Do It Yourself?

When you don’t need approvals, licenses, permits, and strict expertise, then you’ll be able to embark on a DIY home remodeling project. If the skills required for the renovation fall into your wheelhouse, get to work!

The following are challenges you might choose to accept on your own.

Cosmetic Touches

These home facelifts usually come with some flexibility. You can access plenty of online videos and how-tos. You won’t need approval; you will need to research. A favorite cosmetic DIY task is painting the interior of your home. Doing this yourself could save you hundreds of dollars in the end.

Light Demolition

We’re not talking about taking out entire walls here. But you can save yourself some serious cash if you can remove cabinets, fixtures, and moldings yourself. You might even choose to pull up your own carpet, wood floorboards, etc. If it’s a piece-by-piece takedown, you’re probably safe on a DIY track.

Simple Installations

You might find that installing your kitchen backsplash or vinyl flooring is doable. Adding a small wooden deck could take you as little as two weekends with solid planning and carpentry skills (first you should verify – is a permit required?).

Even if you think a project is cosmetic, light, or simple, contact Rise Construction for a quote today. We can help you determine a budget, timeframe, and skill level. We’ll help you understand if DIY is the best path.

Major Factors & Considerations

Before you set out on any project – contractor or DIY – think about materials and costs. A contractor has materials and equipment already, so instead of investing in tools, you might find it better to reach out for the help you need. Other factors to consider are time and potential challenges you may face along the way.

It’s smart to plan and determine the required skill levels for all phases of the project. Keep your safety in mind, too. Always opt for caution over costs. In the long run, if a contractor can complete the job to your satisfaction during an acceptable timeline, you’ll probably be better off with professionals in your corner. The pros understand all aspects of the reno, and they even anticipate problems they may face and have experience in managing such issues.

Use Rise Construction’s Houston home remodeling services for superior results. You’ll be in your new, fully-functioning space in minimal time, knowing that everything is correctly installed, repaired, or replaced.

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