DIY Remodeling

DIY Remodeling

So, you’re ready to tackle that kitchen renovation that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time!  There are many different factors and decisions you have to take into consideration, but the first, and possibly most important, is whether or not you are going to hire a professional or not.  A friend of mine, who is a general contractor in Murrieta, gave me some advice when I was looking to renovate my kitchen, so I thought I would pass it along.

Do You Tend To Stick With Something Through Completion?

So, if you’re like me, you might tend to be really motivated when you first start a project, but it tends to taper off.  I can’t tell you how many projects I have that are half done.  Just like when I’m serving up a plate of food, I tend to bite off more than I can chew!  This usually ends up with an unhappy wife, or a very frustrated me!

If you’re not really sure if this apply’s to you, maybe you could start with one or two small projects, then work your way up to bigger ones.  Instead of tackling a full-on kitchen remodel, you could start with a powder room.  If you have trouble finishing a powder room, chances are you’ll want a pro for the kitchen.

Do Strangers in Your House Bug You?

There’s no doubt about it, remodeling is dirty work!  Especially in the demo phase, there will be dirt and sawdust everywhere!  If you add having total strangers walking around your house, some people might get overwhelmed.  Yes, they are there to help, but it can also be total chaos.

There’s no way to avoid the mess, but if you really don’t want to add strangers in the mix, you might want to consider the DIY route.

Do You Have the Time?

Do you have the time necessary to devote to this?  A lot of people underestimate the amount of time it takes when taking on these projects.  What you thought would be done in a couple weeks, could take a couple months.

If you’re able to take some time off of work to really devote to this, maybe it’s not an issue.  However, if you are planning on spending a few hours a week working on it, you may get overwhelmed very quickly.

You also need to consider the inconvenience of being without a kitchen for this time.  If you can have your kitchen back in half the time if you hire professionals, it may well be worth it.

Do You Have the Skills?

Let’s be honest, youtube can only take you so far in learning these skills.  There has never been a time when it was so easy to learn new skills.  Having said that, some things just take practice.  No matter how many videos you watch of cutting and laying tile, it takes a lot of practice to perfect.  When tackling a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of different skills required.  You’ll need to know cabinetry, plumbing, flooring, electrical, and countertops, just to name a few.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to take the time to learn all these skills.  If so, that’s great, but most people don’t.  Most people just want to hire the professionals, or they think they can do it, then wind up in way over their heads.

This is the time to put away your pride, and really decide if you have what it takes to get the job done.

What is Your Budget?

Most people who end up doing it themselves, do so because they have to.  Their budget forces them to take on the project themselves.  If this is the case, there are a couple of options.  The first one is to save.  If you really don’t think you have the time, skills, or motivation to complete the project, then wait until you can save enough to hire a pro.  The second option is to find a friend or family member to help.  Maybe you need to swallow your pride and reach out to your father-in-law to help with the project.  Either way, don’t take on a project you’re not comfortable with just because you think you don’t have any other options.  Do the smart thing and plan.

In conclusion, I hope you got some useful information out of this article.  I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard of people getting in over their heads with these projects.  Then, after wasting all that time and money, you have to still hire a pro to come in and finish the job.  Even worse, you have to hire a pro to come in and tear out everything you’ve done and start over.  So take your time, be honest with yourself, and come up with a plan to get it done right.

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