Pros and Cons of DIY Home Restoration Projects

Do It Yourself: the internet has made home DIY projects more common, but there is a lot to consider when deciding whether to go this route, versus hiring a certified contractor.

Potential Pros:

  • You may save money.
  • You can change your mind at any point.
  • You get the satisfaction of having done it yourself.

Considerations when deciding whether to hire a contractor, particularly on larger projects:

  • Do I have the time?

Do it yourself projects generally take longer and less frequently run “on schedule”. If you are not in a hurry to get a job done, this may not matter. If your kitchen or bathroom are unusable; this is an urgent problem.

  • Do I have the tools required?

Some stores rent the tools required to do a specific job. Be sure to factor rental costs into your budget and allow for times when the rental is either not available currently, or not available period, thus a specialty tool purchase is necessary. This can vastly increase the cost of a project for a do-it-yourselfer.

  • Do I need or want a warranty?

Many contractors stand behind their work and offer a warranty. There is no warranty on do it yourself and sometimes fixing a problem created, can cost more than the original problem. Check with any contractor you intend to use to find out their warranty policy.

  • Do I have the ideal or necessary skills?

Will the work require a permit or special certification?

Some jobs can be done by just about anyone, and well. However some skills can not as they require special certification, and permits that will be needed require proof of such certification (ie drafting work/engineering experience).

  • If an accident does happen, will my insurance cover it (home or personal)?

If the unthinkable happens and a contractor is injured while working on your property, his injuries should be covered by WCB. Do it yourselfers do not have this option. Similarly if a mistake is made resulting in further or new damage to your home, a creditable contractor will have insurance to cover fixing this, your property insurance however may not.

The Bottom Line:

            ServiceMaster of Lethbridge has the time needed, to get you well taken care of. We stand behind all of our work, are fully licensed and insured, as well as being A+ members of the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and IICRC (Institution of Cleaning and Restoration) certified.

            Both ourselves and any certified subcontractors we call in, will only take a job if we know the right tools and have the necessary skills to get it done. Invite us in to share our knowledge and skills with you today References? No problem, click this link.