Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY or Call the Contractor?

By Homefix Corporation

When the unexpected need for a home repair pops up, it may be tempting to attempt to do it yourself. Sometimes, this is perfectly acceptable. Other times, you may end up with an even bigger problem on your hands. So how do you know if you should attempt a DIY repair?

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How Difficult is the Project?

Unclogging a drain is one thing (usually). Replacing an old roof is another. If you do not have a lot of experience with the type of repair your home needs, then it may be too much to undertake on your own. Also consider whether or not you will be able to accomplish the project with the amount of people available to you. Even the most experienced home improvement professionals may need a work crew.

How Much Time Do You Have?

Skill level and project difficulty aside, how much time do you have to commit to a home improvement project? If it's a simple weekend repair, you may be able handle it (assuming everything goes smoothly). Larger projects may take more time, and not only does that mean you will need to plan your home improvements around work and school schedules, but your home improvement project may obstruct regular household activities the longer it takes to complete. For example, you may be able to finish your kitchen or bathroom project within a week, but will you be able to go without using that room of the house for that period of time?

Consider that, at Homefix Corporation, while the length of time on the job site depends on the size of the project, our crews are usually finished within one to three days.

How Much Will the Project Cost?

Attempting projects on your own often appeals as a way to save money. Depending on the complexity of the project, and your skill and experience level, this may go as planned. However, in the event that obstacles are encountered, there is a chance that you may need to call a professional home improvement contractor to not only complete the original repair, but also to fix any mishaps that may have occurred as a result of your DIY attempt. Even if you are considering a DIY project, it does not hurt to shop around first, and get a few quotes. In fact, Homefix Corporation offers estimates for free, so even if you decide not to hire a professional, there is no penalty.

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