DIY or Hire?

There are many projects in the home that can be improved with just a simple update. Interior painting for example can be a fun experience if you have the time. Check out our tips on balancing the differences on DIY and Hire out.

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Time is your number one factor when it comes to a DIY project. If you do not have the time, that fun project will become a chore and a hassle. Take 15 to 30 minutes and think about your project. Sketch a simple design, or jot down some quick notes. Be sure to include your material list and color scheme. Always start with an “END” project in mind.

How much labor & time is this project going to take? Does it fit your lifestyle schedule? Can you make arrangements to complete this project in a timely manner? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, leave it to the professionals. Overwhelming yourself with a project you do not have the time for will leave you frustrated, and possibly with an unfinished, or a project not up to your expectations from taking shortcuts.

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Plumbing/Electrical does your project include adjusting any plumbing or electrical lines? If “YES” leave it to the professionals. Some projects may require a permit. Check with your cities Developmental Services and talk your project over with them. This will save you a hefty fine, or a flooded or burnt down house.

Some Plumbing & Electrical projects are okay to handle on your own. Home Depot has some great “HOW TO” videos on replacing a sink and shower fixture. These types of projects and add a great change. Also, try adding a new vanity mirror to give your bathroom a fresh new look.

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Exterior Projects are a great way to increase the value of your home and to add instant curb appeal. Some of these projects can be easy to take on. Landscaping, Painting, Beautiful hanging lights, and outdoor decor or outdoor furniture for example are some great ways you can add flare to your front or even back yard.

Others however, can be a lot to take on and require again “Time”, but also some heavy duty tools. Things to think about when taking on larger exterior home improvement projects: Do you have the transportation to haul materials to your home? Do you have the tools to complete this project? Can you afford these tools or will you use these tools again? If you answered “NO” to these questions, leave it to the professionals. ***TIP: If you are going to dig anywhere in Texas, be sure to call 811 first.

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