How Do I Decide Whether to 'DIY' or Hire a Contractor?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 by Danny Peterson

Have you ever wanted to do a major home improvement project such as adding a new bathroom or renovating your kitchen? If so, you were probably faced with the dilemma of choosing between hiring someone to do it, or doing it yourself. I’ll explain reasons for each.

First and foremost, hiring a contractor is going to save you time. If you work long hours or have major responsibilities at home, it will be difficult to take on a big project by yourself.  Moreover, hiring a contractor means you are less likely to suffer from quality issues, as they are professionals who know how to do it right the first time. Finally, hiring a contractor protects your peace of mind when he offers a warranty on his work for a period of time (after the job is completed) – which many contractors do. If an issue arises, the contractor will come back and fix it at no additional cost to you.

If you decide to do the project yourself and you make mistakes, you may end up with a project that costs you more in the long run if a contractor must tear out and fix the mistake before being able to proceed with the project.

When it comes to DIY work, money is usually the primary reason why many consider doing it themselves. Of course, personal satisfaction also comes into play when you DIY, and you may be particularly handy and enjoy the time and effort that you put into a project. If you are a beginner at DIY though, a word of caution: DIY work takes experience and the projects take longer when there is a learning curve —so quality results might be delayed. Choose small projects that match your skill level when taking your first DIY steps.

No matter your DIY skill level, certain projects should always be left to the professionals—especially in the area of roofing, electrical work, and projects that involve running dangerous equipment. For assistance on whether or not to hire a contractor—contact Integrity Home Pro. We will schedule a free, no obligation appointment and estimate on your home improvement project. 1-855-202-7142 or

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