DIY homeowners often get the itch to change or repair something in their homes. The question often asked is whether hiring professional house builders is more cost-effective than going the DIY route.
The two factors determine whether to go for professional house builders or DIY include:
- The available amount of time you have to finish the project and the level of your skill
- The project’s complexity and type
It is recommended that building projects requiring code compliance or special permits are better left to the pros. This includes repairing some issues with the HVAC as the job could demand special licenses. The smartest way is to find out about local codes and regulations before starting the home building project.
Most homeowners have DIY basic skills when it comes to plumbing, carpentry, and electrical projects. However, hiring professional house builders provide a better option when home projects include:
Replacement windows installation
Many homeowners embarking on replacing their windows often discover the original windows far from the standard size. This means that additional insulation and framing has to be done to make the installation of replacement windows right.
Hiring a professional house builder ensures proper insulation and framing as he replaces your old windows. Installing a new window can help cut down on your utility bills. It follows that it’s good to invest in the services of a skilled and experienced house builder.
Replacing a bathtub may look easy, often tempting many homeowners to make it a DIY project. However, they find out too late that the complexities of replacing a tub are beyond their scope.
Additionally, the expenses can rapidly mount up with mistakes incurred during the project. It is more cost-effective to hire a professional house builder to install your new tub. The cost covers the removal of the old tub, installing the new tub, and handles all the plumbing and other issues that may happen during the installation.
Many DIY homeowners have seen the wisdom of hiring a pro to handle tub replacement projects. Hiring a pro turns out to be a bargain when it comes to replacing the tub.
Ceramic tile installation
Installing intricately-designed ceramic tiles in a large room is likely to need professional help than going the DIY route. The potential to commit big mistakes is with ceramic installations in large rooms. The chosen intricate design makes the installation even more complicated. Design issues, inconvenient corners, uneven subfloors, and complicated room transitions are complex issues that can be accommodated with ease by a professional house builder.
Hard Floors installation
The varied hard floor installations shown in a lot of YouTube instructional videos encourage many homeowners to handle the work. However, installation mistakes can cost a pretty penny to correct considering the high price of each square foot of hardwood tiles.
The installation can also be taxing and tedious since the planks have to line up with doorways, baseboards, and corners. Letting a professional house builder handle the project is the best way to eliminate stress and costly mistakes.
A smart homeowner considers all his options before starting a new home project. Things such as the amount of completion time, skill level, and cost of materials have to be factored in to make the home changes right. Have you decided that hiring a pro is a better option? Contact us at Newstart Homes.