Should you do it your­self?

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

Plan­ning a DIY ren­o­va­tion project? Here are some ques­tions to ask your­self first.

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion at www.getit­in­writ­ing.ca.

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