Some people can’t tell the difference between a hammer and a screwdriver, while others are natural handymen. Now the level of handiness can vary drastically, as there isn’t a single training program, course or book that provides you with the necessary skills you need to acquire to become practical. However, sometimes even the most dexterous individuals need a hand. Don’t think we didn’t see that eyebrow lift. Yes, even YOU may need assistance. What you need to evaluate is whether it is worthwhile to undertake a project on your own or whether to hire a professional. In which case, you will have to evaluate the following:
Time constraints are very important. It refers to the available time one has to complete a project. Generally speaking, it will take you more time to take on a home project on your own. We aren’t implying that you aren’t efficient. There are simply efficiencies that come with having the right help or assistance that a one man show doesn’t offer. In this case, it is important to consider your timeline and to take into consideration the curve balls that may be thrown at you during the process – because let’s be real, nothing ever goes exactly according to plan. If a longer timeline impacts your home or your plans negatively, then you know what you need to do!
You may be wondering what exactly we mean by preparation time. First off, do you have all of the necessary tools? Do you know how exactly you should go about starting and completing the job? Do the extra expenses fit into your budget? As you may have noticed – yes, there is a lot of research to be done before starting the actual labor portion of your project. We believe that if the efforts and funding required to do it on your own match or exceed those that come with hiring help, then you should definitely consider seeking assistance!
Let’s talk about warranties. There are different types of warranties. If you decide to hire a professional to get the job done, there is definitely a labor warranty associated to that. This means that that the installation costs, as well as the workmanship would be covered for you. The material is also usually covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Although, if it isn’t installed properly, this can become a problem down the road. Therefore, you will want to make sure that this warranty isn’t impacted by the fact that you decide to do the work yourself.
These criteria will definitely help simplify your decision process – assuming there is a decision to be made. Remember, not everyone is as gifted as you are with your hands. That’s right, we know you are just that good. Although, it is important understand that hiring a professional doesn’t take away anything from your skill set. So, if you feel the need to take the plunge, go for it!