Should I Do It Myself Or Hire A Contractor?

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Home improvement projects can be rewarding and fun, but sometimes you might wonder if going the “do it yourself” route or hiring a contractor route is the best way to go.  Maybe you want to build a deck or remodel your kitchen and just can’t decide whether to tackle the project yourself or not.  There are pros and cons to both, especially when it comes to time and money, so the answer will really depend on the ratio of pros vs. cons.

Pros of hiring a contractor


Your time is valuable and chances are you are pretty busy.  If you barely have the time to keep up with your normal daily routines and tasks, then hiring a contractor to complete your project will most likely suit you well. If you have children, chances are you’re really strapped for free time, so in this case hiring a contractor suits both you and your family, as it gives you more time with them.


Chances are you are not a professional carpenter, so when it comes to quality, a contractor will be able to provide better quality and probably do it in considerably less time than you.

Warranty offered

Most contractors will offer you a warranty in case some sort of problem arises after the project is complete. If your contractor refuses, you might want to consider hiring someone else.  The warranty may just be for a short period of time, but none-the-less, it protects you from shoddy jobs.

Pros of doing it yourself


This is probably the biggest reason people decide to perform home improvement projects themselves. If you have the knowledge and time needed to complete your project, it is the best way to go, but if you want to do a project that you have no idea how to perform and you are not that confident that you can, it’s better to hire a contractor.

You learn a new skill

If your project is something you can learn while doing, you get to learn a new skill and that can feel pretty good.  There are plenty of do-it-yourself websites and books that will guide you step by step on many home improvement projects.


If you really like working with your hands and accomplishing goals, performing the job yourself can give you a great sense of satisfaction. There are many home owners that take on a couple of home improvement projects each year and love to show friends and family their accomplishments when they are over. It just feels good to be productive around the home.


Many home improvement projects get you up off the couch and burning calories, which is a great way to exercise. Painting, hammering, carrying supplies, etc. helps you to get a workout, so tackling home improvement projects yourself can actually keep you in good shape.

Final thought

Making the decision to take on your project yourself or hiring out can be a difficult decision, but if you take a look at the pros and cons, you can usually make the decision based on such. If money is tight and you believe you can perform the job effectively, go for it. If you have little free time, adequate money, and are not sure you can handle the job, go ahead and hire out.  Either way you are improving your home and this is a wonderful thing!

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