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Home Renovations: Hire a Professional or DIY?

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
With the economy being so rough right now, many home owners who are looking to sell their home are often making the decision to do home repairs and renovations themselves to save money. It is no surprise that home repairs and renovations can be key to getting home buyers looking at your home if it is older and has not been updated in a while, but DIY renovations and repairs might not be the great investment for your time and money that you think it is.

Renovations and repairs vary a lot in scope and difficulty. Some easy jobs for most people might be repainting or re-caulking; those home owners who have a bit more experience with home repairs might consider tackling a more challenging job like installing baseboards or installing new window coverings.

Bigger repairs and renovations might not take much more skill than the smaller jobs, but they can take a lot more time to complete. Many home owners think that they can save money by doing a renovation in their spare time after work; unfortunately, they fail to take into account that the time investment for renovations is part of what you pay for when you have a professional do the job. If a renovation would take a professional a few days to complete, it will likely take you weeks of evenings to get the same job done; all that starting and stopping makes a simple job take a lot of extra time and can make you hate the reno after a short time.

For many other types of renovations, unless you are experienced in the method required to do the job, you may well find that your results fall far short of what your expectations may have started out as, even with the best of intentions. Tile setting, hardwood floor refinishing, cabinet hanging, and many other renovations require experience to get really good results. It is important to consider that while a professional quality renovation is likely to pay for itself when you sell your home, a poorly finished job will likely result in your home selling for less money than if you had just not attempted the renovation at all. Home buyers look at a bad repair or renovation as something that they have to fix or replace and the amount that they think it will cost is going to come off of their offer.

The key to good renovations and home repairs is knowing your limits; if you don’t have much time or the proper skill-set to get the job done, don’t attempt to do the job yourself. Spend the extra money and get the work done properly and in a timely fashion, you’ll be happy you did.

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