Some jobs are best left to the ex­perts

Think you can DIY? Think it over...

Maroochy Weekly - - ADVERTISING FEATURE HOME & RENOVATION -

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.

PHOTO: JUPITERIMAGES

HARD WORK: Ren­o­vat­ing isn’t all smiles.

PHOTO: PEXELS

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