Whether you’re moving into a new place or your style has changed in recent years, there will always be changes you need to make so your house feels like your home. As you’re going through your to-do list, try to think of whether you should Do-It-Yourself or when you should hire a professional!

Compare Costs

 Before jumping into any project in life, budget should always be the first step in the conversation. Sit down with your significant other or a financial planner to help decide how much money to spend on home improvements. If you’ve owned your home for a few years, you may be able to refinance your home loans to free up some extra cash for your projects! However, if you’re diving into a fixer upper, you may have to find a creative way to make more money to save up. Once you know your budget, you will know whether you can afford to hire a professional and whether you can get creative to DIY. When you DIY remember to find creative ways to save money on tools and materials, like shopping wholesale or with coupons.

Consider your Timing

If you have a full-time job or work a lot, you may not have the time to do all of the home projects on your list. Timing can be a big factor in whether you DIY or hire someone else. If you can paint, swap out a light fixture, or other easy home upgrades in a weekend, then go for it! However, don’t let something that should take two days, take two weeks. The unfinished project will only add stress to your life, so if you can’t commit to finishing the project in a timely manner, then hire a professional painter, electrician, or contractor!

Know your Limits

 Everyone has their limits, and sometimes there are projects that require expert assistance. When it comes to roofing, additions, projects you’re not comfortable with, or emergencies it’s smart to hire professionals to take care of those issues. Although hiring someone typically costs money, the amount of time you save and peace of mind you gain can be worth it. Remember, some home projects can be dangerous, leave those projects to the experts for the safety of your life and your home.

Having handy friends or family members that can help you achieve a DIY project can be fun! If you have the time, money, and people to help you, the home improvement will be more rewarding.

Ultimately, the decision between DIY and hiring, is up to you. Consider time, safety, and cost before making your final decision. Research is required to know how to save money on DIY, trusting the contractor you choose, and your life when it comes hazardous projects. If you are planning to purchase a new home or renovate your current home, contact Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage today to learn more about how we can assist you with your move, or provide portable storage containers to make your renovation a snap!