This is a nice article to help decide what to take on yourself or if you should pay someone else to do it.
They ask Go DIY? Or Hire a Guy? I take a bit of exception to the gender reference…..but we’ll let that slide for the cute factor of going for the rhyme. 🙂
Follow the link for the full article but here are the 4 main questions they pose:
1. Can I realistically pull off this project?
2. What kind of time commitment is really involved?
3. How much will this task cost to complete myself?
4. How much will I enjoy the process?
Additional suggestion from me when making this decision:
Make sure you are really considering ALL the costs involved, your time and the materials are one thing but do you know if there will be special tools needed to complete this task?
If so is it worth it to buy these tools: will you use them again?
Tool rental can be a great option, check price and availability of what you need BEFORE you decide to take on that project.
You might not be able to rent a tile cutter, would it be worth it to buy one? Or is it better to hire someone else in the first place?
Even for small projects you need to consider this. Changing switches and light fixtures isn’t really that hard for example, but if you need to strip wires the correct tool is worth it. Plumbing often requires specialized tools as well. Even simple jobs like hanging pictures or shelves need the right tools to do the job.
Final note is that a handy person is often much more affordable to hire than someone in the specialized trade such as a plumber or electrician for smaller jobs. A trustworthy handy person will let you know if a job requires the expertise of a particular trade. Personally I always recommend a specialist when a project warrants one.