Some jobs are best left to the experts
Think you can DIY? Think it over...
WHETHER it s ripping out an old kitchen or tacking on a granny flat, Aussies are obsessed with renovating, and figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show home owners are spending billions on renovations each year.
According to a survey by www.realestate.com.au, kitchen and bathroom renovations are at the top of many DIY renovators lists.
Before you begin any DIY project, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Do I have the necessary tools and expertise?
Too many homeowners jump into DIY projects with little or no knowledge of what it will require, only to discover halfway through that they haven’t bought the right materials or simply don t have the tools and expertise necessary to complete the job. A professional builder or contractor will be able to tell you exactly what materials you’ll need and how much everything will cost, and will already have all the necessary tools.
Is it worth my time and effort?
Even if you have the tools and expertise necessary to carry out a DIY project, you need to ask yourself if it would really be worth the money you’d save. Sure, it might be cheaper to do it yourself, but would it be worth the time you’d spend away from work and family? How risky is it? Some projects, such as those that involve plumbing or electrical work, can be risky if you don’t know what you are doing. And aside from putting yourself in harm’s way, you may not be properly licensed to carry out certain jobs, which means your insurance may not cover damage or injuries that result from your DIY projects.
HARD WORK: Renovating isn’t all smiles.