Do you have the skills? Many of today's home improvement products make it easy for do-it-yourselfers, but other projects require specialized skills. Seeing something done on a television renovation show isn't the same as having practical experience. Getting in over your head can end up costing more money, and frustration than hiring a professional in the first place.
Do you have the time? Renovation projects can take a lot of time to complete. If the work disrupts your day-to-day routine – such as with kitchen or bathroom renovations – or exposes your home to weather – like in roofing projects or exterior refinishing – delays can be a real problem. Be realistic about how much time the work will take and if you're able to meet this schedule.
Are you trying to save money? If your primary reason for doing-it-yourself is to save money, talk to a contractor before you make a final decision. They may be able to suggest ways of reducing the cost of your project while still using professional services.
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