Should I Hire a Contractor, or Do it Myself?

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Taking on a DIY home improvement project can be a great way to save money, but if you can’t do it properly and efficiently it could cost you a lot more in the long run. Know your limits and know when to call in the professionals.

For many of these jobs, the biggest expense is labor. Let’s say you live in Tampa and think you need a new roof . Hiring roofers tampa may be more expensive then you just buying the materials yourself. In many cases, you can avoid the cost of labor by doing a home repair or remodel on your own. But, just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Such jobs as putting a new roof, plumbing, and electrical work may be best left to skilled professionals.

What is a General Contractor?

A general contractor is someone who you hire to manage, coordinate and complete a home project. They are often a of “jack of all trades” who have knowledge of how to complete the project. They are experienced in handling project deadlines and to stay within budget. They could hire and manage sub-contractors, like electricians or plumbers. You would pay the contractor, who will in turn around and pay for materials and the sub-contractors.

You as the General Contractor

As the property owner, you can act as your own general contractor (this does vary by jurisdiction, so check your local laws). Why might you want to do this? Here are some reasons why you might want to act as your own general contractor:

1. You can save money that you would pay a general contractor.

2. Being your own general contractor gives you learning experience.

3. When  you are your own general contractor. you will likely get hands on experience. You can learn the costs of materials,and the time it takes to install them.

Why Hire a General Contractor?

Hiring a contractor instead of you doing the job yourself could have it’s advantages.

There are three major signs that a job is too dangerous for DIY:

  1. You could die. The problem with any DIY job is how dangerous it is. For instance, roofing or major electrical work brings great safety dangers.  That is an obvious red flag that this is a job for a professional who’s trained. If you hire a general contractor and someone gets hurt, it goes on his work’s comp insurance.
  2. You Could Wreck Your Home. Such things like plumbing jobs fits in this category. If you don’t do it properly, you can end up with a water leak – possibly one that goes unnoticed for years.
  3. It Requires a Permit. If your DIY project requires a permit, then you know it’s probably too complicated for a home owner.  A contractor will understand what permits need to be pulled and how to get code enforcement to approve the project.

The choice between doing it yourself, or hiring a contractor is not just about it being less of a hassle, safety, and professional-quality work. Many homeowners decide that hiring a professional, despite the higher cost, is a better choice.

Which home repair jobs do you leave to the professionals?

 

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