You’ve spent a few months collecting home design ideas from magazines and the internet, and now you’re ready to renovate. But you’re plagued by the following decision: Do you hire a builder? Or is this the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a DIY project?
Benefits of DIY
- Doing-it-yourself, if you get it right, will probably be less expensive than hiring a contractor to do the work.
- You can change your mind halfway through your project and make some alterations to your work without causing frustration for the builder and costing you more.
- There’s a sense of reward and deep satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands.
- As you work on your DIY project, you’re learning new skills that you can teach others, or potentially charge for.
- You can save money sourcing your own products and materials. Builders will always add a mark-up on these items. However, when sourcing your products on your own, remember not to compromise on quality.
If you decide to attempt a DIY project, or manage subcontractors on your own, make sure you are aware of the requirements. See How to manage your subcontractor yourself.
But, sometimes, it pays to hire a builder.
Benefits of hiring a contractor
- Builders have the knowledge, skills and experience that you wouldn’t manage to acquire by watching a DIY video, or following a step-by-step guide.
- Builders will know which of your renovation plans are suitable or not with regards to size, location and weather conditions.
- Builders have all the proper tools and equipment needed to satisfy your home building needs.
- Certain home maintenance and home improvement projects are illegal for DIY enthusiasts to undertake without the help of a qualified and registered contractor. See: Health and Safety DIY: Plumbing, electrical and gas DIY home building projects that you can and cannot undertake.
- Contractors understand the National Building Standards and local building codes. It is illegal not to follow these standards and by-laws. You don’t want to jeopardise the safety of your home and endanger your family, or pay fines, for failing to follow these standards.
- Contractors often take care of the paperwork involved in acquiring permits and organising inspections.
- Contractors are required to take the responsibility for health and safety while on site.
Sources: Let's Talk Building