For the 'Do-It-Yourselfers'
It can be very enjoyable and rewarding to complete your own renovation project. The best advice we can give the 'do-it-yourselfers' is to carefully consider your own abilities and skills when planning your projects. Getting in over your head could end up costing you more time, money and stress than you had originally banked on. Hiring a professional can help.
Consider your Time, Knowledge and Resources
Here are some things to ask yourself if you think you might want to take on a renovation or construction project yourself:
- Do you have knowledge of building codes and good building practices?
- Do you have time to do research and make sure all of the work is done right the first time?
- Do you have first-hand knowledge of trustworthy and experienced sub-trades that you know will do a good job on your project? If so, are you able to schedule their work without overlaps or lengthy delays? REID has established a long-term working relationship with our sub-trades.
- Do you know how to properly protect yourself and your property against liabilities in terms of damages, theft or losses, or mistakes that could occur?
- Do you have the proper tools and man power required to get the job done?
- Time is money. Will your project drag on, accruing interest and other costs?
- Do you know when to release payment to sub-trades to avoid disputes and lawsuits and to ensure they are not getting over-paid?
Seek Our Professional Advice
If your primary reason for considering doing a job yourself is to save money, we may be able to advise you on other ways to cut costs, like substituting different materials or modifying your designs.