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Pros and Cons of Professionals versus DIY in Home Repair Work

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013


A number of factors can trigger the decision to finally do that home improvement job you have been putting on hold. One such factor is the ending of winter and the progression into spring. The shift in seasons can make the need to carry out improvements on your home the most important thing to do right now. Most times such improvements will have become obvious during winter and you decide that another winter should not find your home as it was.

Energy Efficiency is Important in Your Home

Winter is the time that many homeowners discover that their home is either energy inefficient or has recently become energy inefficient. If your energy bill has shot up then this is the best time to do something about your home energy use. A house should keep the heat and cold in or out in different seasons without dredging a hole into your wallet.

The question then becomes, should you carry out your improvements with a professional home contractor or should you undertake a DIY job? For most people, the primary consideration in taking that decision will be the cost of a professional versus the seemingly cheaper cost of doing the job themselves. Whereas doing home improvements and repairs has its merits, there are advantages and disadvantages of going it alone for your home.

A Professional Handles Professional Repairs Best

The most common causes of an energy inefficient home are the plumbing and electrical systems. Without too much deliberation, those two are systems fitted by professionals and should be improved by professionals. There are multiple decisions that a professional will make that will enhance the eventual efficiency of your home for the long haul.

For instance, the materials used to ensure that a house keeps the heat in and the cold out through out the year are easy ones for a professional. In the plumbing system for instance, a professional will make decisions in regard to where the piping is within the house. The piping around your home is not the same in all the rooms. The same merit applies to the electrical system.

Home Improvement Weighs More than Just the Immediate Cost

Many homeowners discover that a DIY home improvement job ends up being very expensive when they eventually opt to sell their home. What seemed like a brilliant job some years back could cause the value of your home to depreciate rather than appreciate. Certain home improvements look easy to do and DIY kits are easy to read. Unfortunately, poor finishing is the single factor separating a professional job from a job done by a learner, which is what you will be when you undertake a job yourself from a DIY kit.

Years later, when a buyer comes around and start to look around, it may shock you as it does many homeowners who sadly learn, that the little things that seemed unimportant suddenly gain a lot of importance in the eyes of the new owner. Although doing the improvement yourself right now may look brilliant, consider how that job will look to a potential buyer a year or more from today.

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