So, you’ve been thinking of starting a home remodel project, and you’re wondering whether you can save money by doing the work yourself. Before you make that important decision, you should take a good, hard look at what’s involved in doing your own remodel versus hiring a professional home remodeler.
Project Size and Scope
The first thing to consider is the size and scope of the project. Many do-it-yourselfers who are filled with energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of a project may find themselves overwhelmed and out of gas when the reality of everything that’s required to complete a large project sets in. Before you dive into a major do-it-yourself remodel, make sure your motivation is strong enough to sustain you over the long haul.
The next thing to think about is your skill level. For example, you may have done minor electrical or plumbing repairs around the house, but do you really have the expertise needed for a major wiring or plumbing job? You could be risking fire, flood or worse if you get these kinds of things wrong.
And there’s aesthetics to take into account, as well. When it comes to appearance, how will your remodel compare to one done by a professional remodeler? To ensure that your finished DIY remodel looks professional enough to avoid affecting your home’s resale value, you’ll need to be proficient in a variety of areas, such as woodworking, tiling, painting, and more.
Another important thing to contemplate is your schedule. Many kinds of remodels take weeks or even months to complete. You have to ask yourself honestly if you have that kind of time available. And even if you think you do have the time to devote to the task, you then have to figure what your time is worth. Because every minute that you spend working on the remodel is a minute taken away from your family, your friends and your other life commitments.
Actual Savings vs. Perceived Savings
As we said earlier, the factor that motivates many homeowners to consider a do-it-yourself remodel is saving money. But often, when all is said and done, the cost difference between doing the work yourself and hiring a professional remodeler is not as significant as you might expect.
If you’re currently planning a remodel, we invite you to call us at 760 345 9898 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Generations West has been doing remodels in Palm Desert, Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley for years, and we know how to get the most value out of every dollar. Once we’ve had a chance to talk, we believe you’ll find that having a professional perform your remodel is money well-spent.