Doing The Work Yourself

Many homeowners enjoy DIY.  They enjoy the accomplishment and are proud to show off their handiwork. 

Doing The Work Yourself

Many homeowners enjoy DIY.  They enjoy the accomplishment and are proud to show off their handiwork.  If you are one of those people and are seriously considering taking on a major renovation project in your home, here are some things for you to consider.

  • Are you fully aware of the building codes that will apply to this project?
  • Do you have the time to create the plans and the knowledge base to be sure they are practical and successful?
  • If you need a subcontractor, do you have a list of reputable and skilled professionals, like plumbers or HVAC?  Will they be available when you need them?
  • Will your insurance cover anyone who you hire to work for you?  If your buddy comes to help with woodworking, is he or she covered for any accidents? 
  • Do you have all the proper tools to do the job?  Many projects require specialized tools.

If you are trying to save money by doing the renovation on your own, speak with a number of contracting companies about ways to reduce their cost without impeding the final product.  Sometimes there are simple design changes that the homeowner is not aware of.  See what work you or your family can do, like painting, that doesn’t need as much expertise as electrical wiring.