When deciding whether to tackle a home improvement or repair project yourself, take into account both your skill level and the amount of time you have available for the project.
Common DIY projects include:
- Interior and exterior painting
- Installing some flooring, such as laminate or tile
- Demolition work
Projects that you might want to hire a pro for include:
Watch this video to find out more.
- How to Paint Like a Pro (article)
- How to Paint Your House Like a Pro Both Inside and Out (video)
- How to Install Laminate Flooring (video)
- How to Lay a Tile Floor (article)
Randy Asks: How do I decide whether a DIY project is more than I can handle?
Danny Lipford: One of things you have to consider is your skill level, and how much time do you have to commit to a particular project. There are a lot of do-it-yourself-friendly type projects for your home, like painting, that’s an easy one. And also there’s a lot of flooring out there that’s very do-it-yourself-friendly, like a lot of the laminate floors. But a couple of areas you want to stay away from—electrical and plumbing is better left to the professionals.
But you can save a lot of money and get involved with a larger project, like this kitchen renovation, by doing a little bit of the demolition yourself. Removing all of the cabinets, the countertops, maybe the flooring. And in this case, even some of the drywall, to make it very accessible for the contractor, and that means it’ll be a lot cheaper. It’s kind of like being your own little demolition team.