Most Australians that want to be hands on and involved in renovating their home struggle to decide whether to do it themselves or bring in a professional builder. A Lot of people that want to DIY get a real buzz out of doing the handy work themselves and love the fact that they’re getting their hands dirty. But is that always the smartest decision?
Far too many home-owners dive into DIY renovations with little or no actual knowledge of what the project will require, only to discover during the project that they haven’t purchased the right materials or simply don’t have the right tools and expertise necessary to complete the project.
A professional builder will be able to tell you exactly what materials are required and how much everything else will cost. They also have all the necessary tools and access to the materials through their suppliers, which saves you from having to buy or rent equipment - only to use the equipment once.
Even if you have all the tools and expertise necessary to carry out a DIY renovation, you need to ask yourself if it would really be worth the money you’d save. Sure, it might be cheaper to do it yourself, but is it actually worth the time you’d spend away from your family and also your work?
A professional builder will also be able to complete the job a lot faster than you could, so you’ll be spared the headache and stress of living in a construction site for months on end while you attempt to complete a project in your spare time, constantly running behind your schedule and trying to allocate all your free time to it.
Some projects, such as those that involve plumbing, electrical work and structural renovations, can be very risky if you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t have the necessary experience. But aside from the fact that you could be putting yourself in harm’s way, you may not be properly licensed to carry out certain jobs, which means your insurance may not cover damage or injuries that result from your DIY projects.
There are definitely some small, minor projects you could complete around the house, such as minor landscaping work, painting and installing small fixtures like curtains, but again, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then how do you know that you’re not going to end up with a low quality of work?
All in all it’s definitely recommended to engage with a builder to carry out your renovation work. This way you can sleep well at night knowing your most valuable asset is in proper hands.