renovating

Should you DIY or call in the experts?

Renovating can be expensive so it’s understandable that a lot of people hope to save some money by doing the hard work themselves.

While do-it-yourself renovations can be a great way to improve your home on a budget, it’s important to be aware of your limitations.

Some things are easy to tackle on your own, but others really do require a professional to carry out the job properly.

Dodgy work can be dangerous and it can even devalue your home, so its important that you get the work done right the first time around.

A few renovation projects worth tackling yourself include:

Painting – This is possibly the easiest project you can do yourself as it requires no special skills or overly expensive equipment. Almost anyone can paint, you just need to be patient and ensure you spend a lot of time making sure you prep the areas thoroughly.

When to leave it to the experts: Painting high areas or exteriors can be a bit trickier so it is often worth leaving these areas for the experts.

Demolition – You can help save builders a lot of time (and therefore save yourself some money) by doing some minor demolition and preparing areas for any new changes.

When to leave it to the experts: Make sure to check that walls aren’t load-bearing before removing them. Depending on the age of the house you may also need to make sure that there is no asbestos prior to any demolition.

Landscaping – If you have the time then you can do a lot of landscaping work yourself. It’s not too difficult to figure out what needs to go and what needs to stay. Cut back wild growth and clear areas where you want to create new garden beds. You might also like to plant new trees yourself.

When to leave it to the experts: You will likely need to call in for help if there is any retaining work to do. Also don’t attempt to remove any large trees yourself.

Leave it to the experts

You might be able to tackle small projects around your home, while leaving some of the harder work for the experts. If you’re working with a builder then discuss with them what you think you might be able to do to help save a bit of money.

Keep in mind that by law a certified tradesperson is needed to carry out any electrical or plumbing work at your home.

At the end of the day there might be a lot you can DIY, but if you don’t feel confident in your ability to make any types of changes to your home then you should always at least call an expert to get advice.

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