When Hiring a Contractor Saves You Money vs. Doing It Yourself

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Updated December 6, 2023

Handling a home improvement project yourself can often save you some money, but that isn’t always the case.

Sometimes, it truly is best left to the professionals.

We'll go over several project scenarios where hiring a contractor might save you more money than trying to complete the project yourself.

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Needing a Permit or License to Do the Work

We advise hiring a professional for any project that requires a special permit, building code compliance, or license to do the work.

This most often includes projects like:

  • Drywalling
  • Structural changes
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Bricklaying
  • Foundation waterproofing

Permits and licensing requirements exist because there are rules to follow and standards that must be met.

If these jobs are not done properly, you put yourself and your home at serious risk.

If you are considering doing a project yourself, always ask your local municipality about any special requirements before starting. If a permit or license is needed, you’ll know it’s time to start looking for the right person for the job.

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Work is Meticulous or Complicated

Just because a project doesn’t require a permit or license doesn’t mean it isn’t complicated. Some projects are harder than others, and making a mistake can compromise the end result.

This leads to either paying for a professional to come out and do the work or negatively impacting your home value rather than positively.

Complicated projects that are best left to the pros include:

  • Installing hardwood floors
  • Installing ceramic tile
  • Replacing a bathtub
  • Replacing windows

All of these projects can increase your home’s value, but only if they’re done properly.

Don’t risk it; hire a professional to handle these jobs.

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You Don’t Have the Time or Patience to Do the Work

It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you are truly willing and able to take on.

Do you have the patience to put in the time it takes to get this project done properly? Do you have the time available to complete the work?

Are you willing to live with an unfinished space for the time it takes to complete the job?

There is a YouTube video for everything, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should do it.

Make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew, because it not only postpones the inevitable, but it also ends up costing you more money.

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