DIY Or Call In the Professionals? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Jump In

DIY Or Call In the Professionals? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Jump In

Abby Stone
Oct 1, 2008

100108-diyorpro01.jpgGiven our previously confessed "all thumbs" nature, a combination of our inner clumsiness and our inner perfectionist, if we need to hammer in a nail,, we call our handyman. But not everyone's as chicken as we are. If you're the type who thinks, "Build my own home? No problem," we salute you. For the rest of you, who fall in that middle zone, here are some questions to ask yourself before you set off for Home Depot, your head full of plans...

  • Time vs. Money: Yes, you'll save a bundle in cold hard cash but your time is valuable too. Do you have the patience necessary to see this project through step by step and can you live with something that's pretty good if it turns out your skills are not quite up to the task?
  • Do you already own most of the tools necessary to get the job done? If you're thinking of purchasing a tile saw just for this job, considering bringing in the professionals.
  • Does your job require a permit? Once you hit legal territory, it might be time to call someone.
  • Do you have all of the basic skills required to complete the task or will you have to take a class? Remember the first question and factor time spent apprenticing as part of the total cost of the job.
  • How long will the job take? Double your estimate (even professionals often underestimate the amount of time a project will take) and consider if it still fits into your schedule

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