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Home Improvement RI: The Pros and Cons of DIY vs. Using a Pro

home renovations riIf you are planning a home improvement project in Rhode Island (or anyplace else), you have many different options to consider. One of these options is the choice of do-it-yourself or hiring a pro. There are pros and cons to either option. These are four areas you should consider before making your decision.

1. Price

Hiring a professional can be expensive. In any project, labor tends to be the most costly resource. Particularly when it comes to specialized skills, labor can easily represent half or more of the price of a home improvement project. When it comes to price, DIY has the professional beat hands down, but there is more to the story than that, which brings us to the next point.

2. Expertise

This is the reason that you would consider hiring a professional in the first place. Unless you have expertise in the type of project you are considering, there could potentially be a steep learning curve.

Before you consider taking on a home improvement project, take a good, hard look at your skills and experience. Getting into the middle of a project and discovering that you do not have the required skills is the least desirable outcome. Plus, it could end up costing quite a bit of money, if you need to call a professional on short notice to fix your mistakes and/or finish what you started. The professional trumps the DIY "savings" in the expertise area.

3. Warranty

If a home improvement project is not done correctly, who will you call? If you hired a professional to do the work for you, he or she should stand behind his or her work. If you did the work yourself, you may still end up calling a professional to finish the job. For warranty repairs, the professional gets the nod.

4. Stress

A home improvement project can have a fantastic outcome, making your home a more pleasant and functional place to live, but there is likely to be some significant stress along the way. Living in your home while you are working on a home improvement project can be an extremely stressful process. Ditto if a professional is working on your home. When it comes to stress , the professional and DIY are about equal.

For those of you who were not keeping score, that was two wins for the professional, one for the DIY, and one tie. With that being said, DIY can be a good option for many homeowners and many projects. Before you begin, take a self-inventory. Do not take on a home improvement project if you do not have the skills to complete it. The money you save will not be worth the headaches and aggravation.

In addition, certain jobs, like electrical work, can be dangerous. DIY is good for many simple projects, but for home improvement in Rhode Island, the professional is a better choice for more complex projects, like complete kitchen renovations and whole house renovations. If you are considering a home improvement project, consider the pros and cons of DIY vs. hiring a professional. Then, then make the choice that is right for you.


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