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How inclined are you as a homeowner to take on DIY projects VS having professionals do the work?

  • August 12 2014 - Los Gatos
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Great question Julie,

Sometimes it comes down to how much time, expertise, and funds the homeowner has.

All the best,

Arpad
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Depends strictly on your comfort level and your own personal capability in doing said activity. Sometimes doing it yourself will do more harm than good especially in home improvement projects.
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There are several factors to consider when taking on a DIY project, more than just how much you will "save" by not hiring a professional.  First, your time has value as well so you should factor in how much money you may loose by not being at work when you are doing a project as well as if there is anything else beneficial you could be doing rather than the project.  Next don't under estimate the time the project will take, especially if it is the first time you are attempting the project.  Typically if you value your time and factor that into the budget, a professional is going to complete to project cheaper and faster.  The other side of the coin is the satisfaction that comes from completing a project on your own.  Finally, and particularly if you plan on selling your home, make sure that you have the skill level to complete the project with the quality expected in your market and with the same or better quality than a professional.  A project not done well or done on the cheap can often have a major negative impact on pricing and saleability of a home.  Good Luck!
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It depends on the skill level, and the nasty factor.  If it seems easy enough to DIY, then I'll TIM, as long as it's not too nasty of scenario.  I've found that the employees at Home Depot or Lowe's have been very helpful and offer good advice.  And I also have found that I get braver the more DIY type shows I watch!
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It depends on the skill level required. If it is a small project like installing storage shelves etc. then I would be inclined to DIY. 
Calling a professional might not save money but definitely saves time and effort. 

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The DIY projects I don't take on anymore:

3 story ladders
crawling around in very tight crawl spaces.
things beyond our skills

Otherwise, I know what I know and am smart enough to call a professional when it is beyond our skill level.   Of course, our friend youtube has saved us thousand of dollars in some basics.
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