Are you wondering when to DIY and when to hire a contractor? Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or you've just moved into your home and want to tackle some of the changes you have in mind to make it your own … knowing which items to do your self and which need a professional licensed contractor can save you from costly mistakes. Here are some tips to help you decide when to DIY and when to hire a contractor.
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If you are really handy, DIY home improvement may be right up your alley. If you spend a lot of time watching home-makeover reruns on cable and envision creating a fabulous transformation all on your own … remember that there are always professionals (designers, craftsmen, tradesmen and carpenters) watching over (and correcting) the process. Doing-it-yourself (DIY) when the stakes are high (such as when selling your home, rewiring electrical or knocking out a wall) might give you a bigger headache than you want.
Here's a basic list of what you might tackle yourself and which items definitely need that experienced touch to help you decide when to DIY and when to hire a contractor:
So you've learned about what to look for when deciding when to DIY and when to hire a contractor, and you decided to DIY.
Before you start a DIY project for the first time, check with your local big box stores to see if they offer classes. The tools, glues, mortars and other materials your grandpa or dad used may have changed over the years, so be sure to ask professionals about drying times, set speed, the need to use undercoats or primers and anything else you can think of before you start.
When making changes before a home sale, check with your real estate professional too … some changes may be unnecessary and others could actually lower the price buyers are willing to pay for your home.
Need to find a local contractor? Check out Porch to find local, licensed professionals and see what projects they have completed in Snohomish County and Skagit County Washington.
Call me to find out what home improvements will help you sell your Washington house and what changes will work against you when selling your Washington home.
Keller Williams NWRE, LLC
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