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Hire a contractor vs DIY to add a room to your home

Issues to consider when deciding between DIY and hiring a contractor for a room addition

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When it comes to residential remodeling, many homeowners love the idea of doing their own renovations. A certain amount of satisfaction comes from doing something with your own hands. The truth is, however, that not all DIY room additions go as planned. DIY remodeling can quickly turn quite complicated. This is especially true if you are not altogether sure about what you are doing.

contractor remodelingSometimes it is a better idea to hire remodeling contractors to do the job for you instead.

There are some issues to consider before you tackle DIY remodeling jobs on your own. It can be smart, or even a necessity, to hire a contractor rather than DIY, depending on your budget and skill level. Since most folks are not qualified to do wiring, plumbing, or carpentry work, there are only a limited number of projects that can be done as DIY jobs.

The main benefit of choosing to undertake a DIY home addition on your own is an obvious one: you can save money by doing so. However, if you do the job incorrectly, waste materials or have to hire someone to repair your work, then you are not really saving yourself anything.

On the other hand, spending the extra money to hire a professional contractor for your room addition can be quite beneficial. Licensed contractors can offer the following:

  • Experience: Your professional contractor will know the building codes and other regulations that govern the addition to your home. They also know how to get the job done in the most cost-effective way.  
  • Speed: Chances are good you have a job, and it is not as a builder. Your contractor can work more quickly than you can, in most instances, to get the job done faster. This means that you will be enjoying your addition sooner.
  • Safety: Your home is your castle and its occupants are more than likely the most important people in your life. It is important the addition you make to your home is safe from every standpoint.
    • Unless you are a licensed electrician, you cannot guarantee this. In fact, your home may not be up to code if you don't allow a licensed professional to wire your new addition.

Moreover, most licensed contractors guarantee the work they do, at least for a certain period of time. If a pipe springs a leak, for example, your contractor will likely repair the pipe and any damage the leak causes. If you do the work yourself, you get no such warranty and will be stuck with any repairs on your own.

As you can see, for DIY room additions, it often helps to call out a professional. Reply! can help you find a contractor in your area to get your addition built quickly and efficiently.

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