Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Whether you have a little project to do, or you just want to totally revamp your rooms in your house, the decision is do you do it yourself or hire in a professional.
Hiring a professional can be a little pricy but you can have the peace of mind that the job will be well done. Sometimes if you do it yourself, you may become a bit stuck along the way, or do something you think is right, when in fact it’s wrong, which could leave you with problems further down the line.
Here are some things to consider before you make your choice:
If you’re doing it yourself you don’t pay for labour, however there may be unexpected costs associated undertaking the project on your own.
Materials- tiles, grout etc
Equipment- Purchase, borrow from family and friends or hire.
Costs of breakage or damage to the tools your hire.
Finishing work, cleaning up- disposal of old items.
Own tools- professional contactor would have all their own tools, as they will have done jobs like yours., they purchased them as an investment.
They often purchase supplies in bulk from a builder’s/ tile merchant.
Only you know how experienced you are at home repair and renovations, if you have done a similar job before you maybe ok. If you decide to you carry out the installation yourself, it is important that you read the installation instructions carefully and make sure that you understand them completely, if in doubt consult the supplier of the materials.
Skills for the Task
Different tiling and flooring covers require a different skill set per job/task.
If working with natural stone tiles this can be quite tricky, these can be quite a challenge, especially if you have little or no experience with tiles and adhesives.
If working with wood, you need basic carpentry skills and you must be able to use a hammer and a screw gun.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are slightly easier to work with, but you must know how to grout and which grout to use.
You may have trouble coordinating colours in your bathroom or getting a clear vision on what you want the room or floor to end up looking like. A professional, will have carried a lot of work in bathrooms, and from their previous jobs and experiences will help you come up with some potential possibilities that you would not have considered on your own.
The size of project.
When working on bigger projects, it’s far better to seek the expert workmanship and design from a professional.
Understand exactly what are the job specifics?
Find out how long the job will take?
What is included in the price?
What will you be responsible for doing?
Try to avoid hourly rates, most good professional companies, will work on an estimate, and then a flat quote for the job or for the full installation then the contractor will get the work done quicker and then they will move on to the next project.