DIY vs. Hire It Done

August 18, 2019

How Complicated Is Your Project?

If you are painting your kitchen, then you will need to invest in some paint, rollers, paint brushes, drop cloths, ladders, and the like.  There are plenty of DIY videos on the internet that can help you with painting, and it can probably be done in a weekend at most.  Definitely something you can do if you’re willing to put in some money, time and energy.

If you are remodeling your kitchen, then that adds to the complexity a LOT.  You need a workable design to start with, plus you will need to consider the removal of flooring, cabinets, and old appliances.  If electric lines need to be reworked, plumbing lines need to be moved, and/or gas lines need to be added, that adds to the complexity, not to mention the selection of the new appliances, cabinets, backsplash, countertops, lighting, paint color, flooring.  The list can go on and on.  You want someone to be overseeing the project that has your back, and will help you stay on budget; someone who has done this before many times.  The average midrange kitchen remodel costs $73,500 in Seattle (according to Hanley Wood Media.)  This is a major investment, and if your design has flaws, then you’ve spent a whole lot on something that isn’t going to function as well or be as beautiful and comfortable as you’d dreamed it would.

What Are the Risks?

What happens if your DIY project goes sideways?  It’s one thing to hit your thumb with a hammer, burn yourself with a hot glue gun, or shock yourself because you forgot to turn off the breaker before you installed a light fixture. 

It’s quite another if you burn your house down with an electrical fire, flood your house with a plumbing disaster, or in some other way endanger your life (not to mention your family’s lives.) If it involves electrical, plumbing, moving (or removing) walls, it’s best to leave it to professionals.

Do You Have the Necessary Expertise?

Each project has a unique set of skills required.  Take time to assess your competencies, look online to see how difficult it will be to learn new skills required for the project.  Then determine how often you’ll use that competence in the future.  Also keep in mind most of these abilities require tools, so factor that into your answer. Will you use these skills or tools again?  If the answer is never or very seldom, then it might be wise to hire it done.

Is It Worth Your Time?

Divide the total amount of money saved (by doing it yourself) by the number of hours it will take to complete the project.  If you don’t know how long it will take, then ask a professional’s opinion and multiply by 2 (or 3 if you’re a perfectionist.)  You also will want to figure in the joy factor: if it’s something you enjoy doing, then it might be worth it.  If it’s something you’ll enjoy after it’s completed, then perhaps not.

Do I Hire A Designer?

Even if you just bring a designer in to look at your space and the plans you’ve developed, they can point out mistakes and suggest better solutions to your dilemma.  Often you will spend the same amount if you hire a designer, because they know where to cut back when necessary, know where to find the best deals on quality products, and know how to get more bang for your buck!

In conclusion

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