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DIY vs. Professional Home Improvement

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is the process of making repairs, improvements, and decorations at home by yourself. This is the method of building, constructing or assembling something without the help of professionals and experts.

A professional contractor is a person or business that enters into a contract and agrees with another person or business to construct a part or the entirety of a repair or improvement project. In most cases, a contractor takes care of everything from materials to manpower.

Whether it is a DIY project or a general contracting, the only goal is to have a successful and efficient home improvement or repair. In most cases, DIY projects tend to cost less. However, not all projects can be made through DIY. There are certain projects that entail the expertise of professional contractors.

Gilmers Home Improvements LLC in Berks County has a team of professionals who specialize in exterior and interior repairs, carpentry, remodeling, kitchens, bathrooms, basements and handyman work. Here are some guidelines when deciding whether to DIY or to call for professional help:

1. Evaluate the Project

There are different types of projects that you can do yourself for the improvement of your home. However, not all projects can be made with DIY. There are projects that need the expertise of professionals.

Painting walls and cabinets, laminating floors, installing fixtures, mirrors, and accessories are just a few of the projects you that can do-it-yourself.

Electrical and plumbing jobs are typically done by licensed contractors. These types of repair and installation jobs have codes and regulations that need to be followed. Working on electricity can be very dangerous if you are not trained and experienced in handling this type of work.

Structural changes and constructions that are potentially hazardous should be made by professionals. Consulting an expert or a professional is a smart move if you feel like the project is beyond your capabilities.

When you feel like the project is too big or if it seems too complicated for you, Gilmers Home Improvements LLC can help give a realization to the project.

2. Know the Cost

With DIY projects, you can save on manpower cost. DIY projects do not need manpower except for the personal labor you devote on the project.

In terms of materials, there are a lot of trusted brands in the market that you can choose from. Whether it is a DIY or a professional contractor, you will need to spend on materials.

For tools and equipment, you can either buy or rent them. If you opt to buy tools and equipment, you can think of it as an investment. When you chose to rent them, you have to deal with the existing condition of the tools and equipment.

Make a list of all the things you need to buy, rent and pay for. Then you can make a comparison between the costs for DIY projects and professional contracting jobs. DIY projects do not always turn out the way you expect them to and this may sometimes lead to more expenses.

If you opt to hire a professional contractor, choose a contracting company that provides estimates and has a good reputation in the community. Gilmers Home Improvements LLC provides free quotes for all your home repair needs and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

We do not just provide exceptional home improvement services, but we can also help add value to your home. Our repair and renovation experts use premium brands to ensure durability, safety, and reliability.

3. Know The Time Frame for the Project

With your busy schedule, you may need to ask yourself if you can finish the project on time. You may need to consider the urgency of the project. If there are other members of the family in your household, you may also need to consider the impact of the project on their schedule.

When you hire the right contractor, the project can most likely be done faster compared to DIY. Additional repairs may also be avoided when you trust the project to experts. Thus, saving both money and time.

Gilmers Home Improvements LLC provides fast, durable, and reliable repairs and contracting projects in the Reading/Berks and surrounding areas. Our contracting and repair experts focus on providing professional home repair, handyman, and home improvement services.

Contact us at (610) 823-3857 for a complimentary home improvement estimate!

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