Renovation – DIY Versus Paying Trades People

Renovation is an elaborate process even if the bare minimum has to be repaired or changed. Some of the tasks involved are better as a do-it-yourself (DIY) exercise while others require expert trades people to complete. Every owner is faced with the dilemma of getting a perfect professional job done though experienced technicians who have specialized in a particular trade, but cost a lot more money, or, whether to cut costs and do-it-yourself.

Do-it-yourself exercises, no matter how good an owner may be, are at best amateurish, lacking the finish and flawless performance delivered by a professional. Thus they must be confined to simpler tasks like, repairing tap leakage, roof repairs, oiling hinges, repairing windows or doors, and even painting the house.

Benefits of DIY

  • Saves time and money
  • Can be completed at owner’s convenience
  • Owners know the detailed layout of their home better
  • Not subjected to fraudulence
  • Save risk of exposing a home to strangers allowed into the home

Drawbacks of DIY

  • Amatuer job at best
  • Tasks lack perfect finish
  • More time consuming
  • Latest resources and techniques may not be used
  • Leads to wastage
  • Becomes more costly when it has to be redone several times
  • More expense incurred in the form of tools and equipment.

However, the law also stipulates that certain jobs involving drainage, plumbing, electrical or gas connections, must be done by a professional technician. Besides, people in the trade have the qualification, expertise and experience for the tasks they have specialized in. They are able to innovate, find better ways of doing the same job, to add to the convenience of the user simply because they know the ins and outs of the job at hand. They come for a price, but a perfect, flawless job is certain, provided the right people are selected. In all likelihood, they may be members of guilds and have access to cheaper resources, may be able to borrow machinery and equipment and save money which may have to be spent on buying it.

Benefits of paying professional trades people

  • Superior quality and near perfect job
  • Economical use of materials since they know how to maximize results
  • Innovative methods used as the situation requires
  • Longer lasting work done
  • Prevent wastage of resources
  • Prevent the need to re-do any task

Drawbacks of paying professional trades people

  • Expensive, since professionals charge a hefty fee
  • Have to wait for their availability and work cannot be done in owner’s time frame
  • Can cause delays due to absence etc
  • May demand the most expensive materials and refuse to work with cheaper ones
  • Security risks involved with letting in strangers

Unless owners are trained themselves, a DIY exercise may not be the best and besides compromising on finish, it may prove to be a costly exercise needing to be redone. Professionally trained people if, engaged upon recommendation will deliver better results, especially if hired with caution.

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