GOT THE SKILLS? QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU DIY
Sameer Patel loves to DIY. He’s built a weight rack for his home gym, rebuilt a swing for his son and welded a fire pit for his backyard. So when it was time to add gutters to his home in Tucson, Arizona, he was ready to do it himself. ❚ “I had gone to Home Depot, read a lot of posts and was determined to do this myself,” Patel said. But the numbers didn’t add up. ❚ Patel estimated tool rentals and materials (overestimating for the inevitable mistake) would run $652, still under the $800 quoted to him by a local contractor. ❚ But when he factored in time – the project would take an entire weekend – and the scant likelihood he’d reuse his newfound gutter knowledge, he called in a professional. ❚ “Even though I’d save money with this project ... I was never going to do this” again, Patel said. “I don’t plan on starting a gutter install business.” ❚ When weighing your own DIY project, run the numbers, then ask yourself these four questions before deciding whether to invest the elbow grease or pass it off to a professional.