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When To DIY, When To Leave It To The Professionals

We get asked this question a lot: "DIY sounds great, but can you just do it for me?" The perception of DIY can sometimes prevent a DIY novice from trying a new project. The benefits of DIY include money savings and customization, but still, there are times when bringing in a professional is a better choice. Here's some advice on how to decide.

When You Should DIY

When it comes to deciding whether or not to tackle a DIY project, our experience has taught us that certain tasks are super well-suited for a hands-on approach, but others are better done by an expert. Small-scale projects like painting a room, assembling furniture, or even building an accent wall can be both empowering and cost-effective. There’s seriously nothing better than the sense of accomplishment you feel when you look around your living space and know that you’ve made a contribution to the way it looks and feels. With that said, the key to a successful DIY venture lies in self-awareness. If you start to find yourself hesitating at the thought of handling electrical wiring or plumbing intricacies, take it as a sign that it’s time to consider calling in the pros. Recognize and acknowledge your comfort levels and skillsets.

Rule of Thumb: Simplicity vs. Complexity

One easy way to assess your comfort level is to consider the complexity of the project. If it’s something basic, like sanding and refinishing an old piece of furniture, DIY may be a viable, (and not to mention) cost-effective option. However, for intricate projects that will include electrical work, structural modifications, or major plumbing overhauls, call a pro. 

Assess Your Existing Skillset

But also, don’t sell yourself short. Maybe you do possess basic plumbing skills, making it easy for you to switch out your faucet. Or maybe you grew up in a family of die-hard green thumbs, and the idea of landscaping your entire backyard brings you excitement. Know your limit, and play within it.

Weighing Risk and Reward

Personal Safety

Before you actually get started on a DIY project, take a moment to assess and understand any of the potential risks associated with it. Safety should always be a top priority, especially if your project involves the use of power tools, electrical systems, or structural components. If your project comes loaded with safety risks, then it’s probably best to leave it to someone who has a bit more experience.

Time Is Money

Consider how much time you’re going to need to invest in your project. Most projects we’re developing DIY Kits and Guides for are designed to take no longer than 5 days. Because truthfully, we know what it’s like to commit to a project that takes WAY longer than we initially thought – it just leads to frustration, resentment, and let’s face it, the likelihood it’ll never actually get done. Some DIY projects can be more time-consuming than others, so if you’re looking for a quick weekend project, this is something to be aware of. Do your research in advance, and consider hiring a professional if it feels like your project could snowball. The one thing that professionals bring to the table is expertise, saving you from the steep learning curve that often accompanies some DIY endeavours.

The Expertise of Home Improvement Pros

If you’re anything like us, DIY is an exciting challenge that we often get hyped up about. Sometimes it feels like we’re just looking around our house seeking out our next projects. But, we’re also not pros, there are times when we need to put our pride aside and call an expert. Home improvement pros come armed with years of experience and can handle complex projects with the efficiency that most DIYers can’t.

The Perks of Professionalism

When I say things like building codes, permits, safety regulations, and industry standards, do you know what I mean? Kudos to you if you do, because I don’t even really know what those things are. You know who does? A home improvement pro. If you hire a seasoned contractor, their expertise ensures that your project complies with all the necessary guidelines. This limits liability and the risk of future repairs, and also adds a ton of value to your property.

Can be Cost-Effective in the Long Run

While you’ve been reading this, I’m sure the one thing that repeats over and over in your head is: yeah, but professionals cost money. And of course, the upfront cost of hiring a contractor may seem daunting. We often combine DIY projects with hiring a professional so that we get the best of both worlds.

Finding A Home Improvement Professional

Think you have a project that could use the skills of a home improvement pro? We recommend trying Bidmii, an online marketplace where homeowners can find pros in their area to get projects done. The best part is that Bidmii holds payments in trust. What does this mean? Well, it means your money is protected so you won’t lose your deposit. And it also incentivizes contractors to get projects done, and to do them well… I mean, they don’t get paid until you inform Bidmii that the project is done! 

Bidmii operates across Canada, with pros specializing in everything from electrical, to landscaping, to handywork, to even moving!

Striking A Balance

We hope that some of these tips help you find that sweet spot between DIY enthusiasm and professional expertise. Tackle manageable tasks on your own, and know when to delegate more challenging tasks to ensure the longevity and quality of your home improvements.
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