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Home Improvement Tips: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Posted by Aliza Xandria Arellano on Oct 09, 2015 06:10 AM EDT
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Improving the home is anyone's desire. However, as homeowners strive to beautify their home on their own, the outcomes might not be what they expected to have. Sometimes it is important to weigh the pros and cons of improving the home. The homeowners can choose to renovate, revamp their homes on their own or hire a pro to do it for them instead.

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The society has always promoted the idea that anyone can learn something and do everything. According to Zillow, "In an increasingly do-it-yourself world, homeowners are now taking on more improvement jobs themselves and while many projects are easy to pull off, even for the most novice DIYers, some are better left to a professional."

Gregg Hicks, Director of Business Development for ReliableRemodeler.com said, "There's this innate American sense that we should fix things up ourselves." Bankrate writes, "The do-it-yourself, or DIY, trend has been fuelled by the ease in finding project information and with home improvement television shows, home store seminars and the Internet bringing how-to's right to the workbench, opportunities to learn abound."

It is vital to determine when to implement DIY or when to hire a pro. For instance, in tile and flooring, if a homeowner wants to replace the whole flooring of the entire house, hiring a pro might be the best deal.

Another scenario. In regards to electrical work, hiring a pro is always the best option since electrical work can be dangerous for the home. The homeowner can implement DIY if its just menial jobs such as changing out switch plates or hanging a new light fixture.

In regards to painting, it can usually be done by anyone with low skills. However if the owner wants to paint the whole exterior of the home, its generally easier to hire a professional as further noted by Zillow.

For those that want to repair their plumbing, DIY is possible if the owner sticks to simple fixes. However, if the owner wants to change the toilets or tubs, hiring a pro is the best option.

DIY is not a bad thing but owners need to understand the risk that comes as a result of doing something beyond their own skills and expertise.

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