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How To Choose DIY or Call A Pro

There are many home renovation projects that DIY-savvy homeowners can tinker with on their own. However, there are other projects that require professional help and expertise.

A homeowner may want to hire professionals for larger obligations such as new construction or demolition, but this doesn't mean they should shy away from less complicated projects like installing new lighting, kitchen or bathroom fixtures, or painting. This article from Ellanoir Luxury will discuss some of the best projects to DIY and hire out, and also more about considering the return on investment of these renovations.

Which Renovations Should You DIY and Hire Out?

Deciding which projects to do on your own can be difficult. Make sure to weigh the cost of the project, as well as how much you will enjoy it. If you have minimal interest in a project and the payback is less than a few months, that project should be considered for hire. You probably won't get very far with a large kitchen overhaul before getting bored or frustrated and dropping everything, only to call in the pro you should have started with.

You also need to consider how the quality of the work will affect the resale value of the property. Saving a few dollars on contractors may end up costing you thousands of dollars at the time of the sale because your work wasn't up to a professional level.

When to Hire a Pro

Hiring a professional is typically the better option for jobs that require more than basic DIY and ensure you receive quality results. For instance, remodeling kitchens or bathrooms in older homes can be difficult if the walls were not built to accommodate modern appliances or plumbing demands. These projects generally require the expert eye and extra support of a professional.

Here are some other jobs we recommend seeking professional help for:

  • Major plumbing jobs
  • Advanced electrical
  • Cabinets and counter tops
  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Fencing

How you find the contractors to help you matters, too. For instance, if you’re looking to have your basement remodeled and need to hire a reputable contractor, make sure to get quotes from at least three contractors. You might split some of the work; maybe you’re doing the cleaning and final painting, but having pros improve ventilation and lighting so you can use your basement as a home gym

Another project that can be simple or complex depending on your circumstances is creating a home office. As more and more people have begun working from home, having a home office setup has become a greater necessity. If you have a spare room with good lighting and sufficient power outlets, setting up a home office may involve nothing more than moving in furniture. If you need to make multiple electrical runs and connections, however, you should consider hiring a pro.

When to DIY

DIY is often the better option for home projects that don't include a high level of skill, such as painting, laying flooring, or installing lighting and fans. There are some exceptions to this rule, like tile installations, which can be difficult for someone who hasn't got much experience.

Here are 3 DIY projects that almost anyone can do:

  • Kitchen and bathroom faucets and light fixtures. These are both relatively easy to replace and can vastly improve the look of a room with more modern hardware. Plus, you can likely do all of this for a few hundred dollars!
  • Painting. Proper painting technique can be tedious, but with a bit of practice, you can transform a dingy, old-looking house into a vibrant new house with careful preparation and a couple of coats of paint
  • Laying vinyl plank flooring. This one is pretty specific, but vinyl plank flooring has become one of the more popular flooring types in recent years. It's very cost-effective, it's incredibly durable and it's pretty darn easy to install. 

If you're unsure about any steps of a DIY job, YouTube is a great resource for video instruction.

Home Renovation Tips for a Good ROI

If you're doing the work to improve your house's value, then it's important that you do some research first. There are multiple websites that rate popular remodeling projects in terms of return on investment. The Mortgage Report explains that these rates help determine whether a project is worth it from both a cost and time perspective. If the rates aren't too good, then you may want to rethink your plan.

It's also important to check comparable sales in your area to see what buyers are actually interested in and paying for. If you’re getting ready to sell, but it doesn’t look like your project will provide the ROI you were hoping for, consider selling your home “as is” instead. This label can cover some pretty substantial issues, like a cracked foundation, leaking roof, and mold. Know that buyers are often understandably leery of purchasing an “as is” home, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find the right investor to take it off your hands without completing these major repairs first. 

How to Decide Between DIY and Hiring Out

In conclusion, it's important to consider the return on investment of home renovation projects before making a decision. If you’re handy, try to do home renovation projects that are rewarding for YOU. But if you're planning for a high ROI for a potential sale, then you should probably work with professionals and invest in quality materials. And if you are looking to make a major repair – one that could be the difference between selling your home “as is” or not – definitely call in the right contractors for the job.

New home decor can do wonders for your living spaces. Once you’ve applied those fresh coats of paint and completed your minor DIY projects, bring in new furniture, pillows, and lamps from Ellanoir Luxury. Visit our online shop and start decorating!

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