DIY or Contractor?

DIY or Hire a Contractor?

DYI or do-it-yourself home improvements are one of the most commonly sought after home improvement projects.

Homeowners want to get their houses looking like new; however, budget constraints and limited time available to do the job often make hiring a contractor more appealing.

DYI home improvement companies specialize in replacing shingles, flooring, roofs, garage floors, bathroom fixtures, paint, and home accessories.

There are pros and cons to hiring a DIY home improvement company or contractor. The advantages of hiring one of these companies over doing it yourself include the following:

  • Hiring contractors can save you time. While it is true that most DIY projects will take a considerable amount of time, hiring a contractor ensures that all the work is done properly the first time. You will not have to waste time or money by having to redo the job because the contractor did not use the correct materials or did something he was not trained for. Hiring a contractor also means that you can work at your own pace and decide how much work needs to be done. If you do not feel comfortable with the work, you can just let the contractor know and he will get back to you.
  • Contractors usually have better rates. Home improvement companies generally work on a lower pay scale than standard contractors so it is very possible that you will save money by hiring them instead of a contractor. You can usually find contractors online or through your local yellow pages. However, before you go through the yellow pages you may want to check out the Internet to find reputable contractors near your area. Most contractors have web sites now that will list their services, prices, and contact information.
  • Contractors usually ask for a down payment. Home improvement projects can be quite expensive so you want to make sure that you have enough of a down payment or you may end up paying for the entire project over time instead of the estimated time frame that was given to you. Make sure that you only borrow what you need and never borrow more than you need. The interest on loans can eat away at your profits when they add up over time. Your contractor should not expect you to pay for the entire project in one lump sum up front.
  • Another thing to consider is the skill level of your handyman. Not everyone can do every task required during a home-improvement project. You may end up hiring another person just to finish a job that you have already started. Always check references and ask friends before you start hiring anyone to work on your home.

Here are some other Pros & Cons

Pros

One major advantage of hiring contractors is that you do not need to do as much work in advance of the project. This means that you may save a substantial amount of money.

There is also less risk involved because you do not have to do as much research to find qualified contractors. In fact, you may end up hiring a contractor or two that may turn out to be less than desirable. However, if you hire these qualified professionals, you will definitely have a great value for your money.

The main advantage of hiring someone to do the job is that you do not have to do the research necessary to ensure that they are capable of doing the work.

For instance, if you want a six-week project, you don’t need to do the research necessary to determine whether the contractor is experienced enough to do the project or not. The work will be completed regardless of how experienced the contractor is, provided that the estimate is submitted on time.

Cons

You also need to carefully consider the type of labor services you are looking for when you hire contractors for a particular project. There are basically two types of labor services available: expert services and general/standardized labor services.

If you are looking for services that are more specific, such as custom framing or custom furniture installation, you will need to carefully evaluate the skills of the contractors you choose.

For instance, if you are hiring interior designers, you should make sure that they are experts in the field. Otherwise, your new furniture could be installed the way it isn’t supposed to be installed and you could end up with an unsatisfactory product. Similarly, you can always hire contractors specializing in carpentry if you want to install cabinets, etc.

However, there are some disadvantages of this approach. One disadvantage is that if the contractor doesn’t finish the project on time, you may lose money if the project wasn’t completed within the required six weeks.

An obvious danger is that the job may go off the track and you will need to redo it. And there is always the possibility that the job may not be completed according to your expectations. In order to avoid problems like these, you need to make sure that you have clearly defined project goals and objectives.

Conclusion

In the end, the decision of hiring contractors or not should depend on your budget, your needs, and the quality of the work they offer. When comparing pros and cons of hiring contractors, it is important to remember to keep these factors in mind.

Make sure that the estimate provided by the contractor is accurate, and that you are not spending more than you have to.

Keep the deadline in mind as well, and remember to factor in any extra fees that might be incurred in case of material or labor delays.

If you keep all of these things in mind, you’ll be able to determine whether or not hiring professional contractors is right for you.