Doing it yourself (DIY)
Many New Zealanders take on renovation, redecoration and alteration projects in their homes, usually in the belief that it will save them money.
How much you can do yourself realistically depends on your skills, time and energy.
There may also be legal restrictions on doing work yourself if you don’t have the right qualifications.
You need to consider Building Code requirements and getting building consent for some work.
Many people are very capable of painting and wallpapering, and some straightforward carpentry work.
Some have the skills to do more difficult renovations and alterations. However, before you take on any work around your home, consider all the aspects of DIY.