Why Didn't I Learn This in School: Don't Wait. Renovate.


If your house is looking a little rundown, it's probably time to renovate. But to DIY or not to DIY -- That is the question.

First, ask yourself if the repair job could seriously injure you. If so, get off the roof and call a professional. Plus, you also want to keep your home safe. That means major overhauls and electrical work are best left to the experienced.

While getting a building permit might be easy, when a repair or a remodel calls for one, that's a key sign this job is not for you. Knowing your limitations can save you in the long run.

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If you're tool-savvy and you're ready to DIY, price some pros before you pick up a wrench.

Get quotes from several contractors and go online for estimates. Consider how long a task will take, because in many cases, time and labor is way costlier than the materials themselves.

So if you need that door realigned with new hardware, and handyman's hourly rate is gonna be the most expensive part of the project.

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On the flip side, for larger jobs, contractors get materials for a better price than you. It could be a win. If you do hire someone, you can DIY part of the job to save money.

Just remember to always be safe. When you DIY, start with small jobs to see if you got what it takes. It's a great way to build skills and confidence for bigger stuff.

So roll up your sleeves, crank those tunes and get to work.

... Or call a professional!

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