DIY is the new trend! DIY-home décor, DIY-furniture, DIY-craft project, and the like; from big to small projects, we see a lot of how-to videos, articles and books that encourages us to do-it-ourselves.
To help you decide if you’ll pursue creating DIY projects, here are the advantages and disadvantages that you need to take note of:
- Budget – Hiring contractors to do your project is more expensive than doing it yourself. When you do it on your own, you can also have more control over the things you need to buy.
- Learn something new – DIY projects give you the chance to learn something new – skills and ideas that you didn’t know you had. You can improve your skills and expertise while doing your projects by simply attending workshops, watching videos, or buying books. Every time you finish a project, there’s a different kind of fulfillment.
- Design – Most of the time the result you wanted will not be the exact design or ideas you had before starting your project. There will be revisions in shape, color, and sizes. If you hire professionals to do the said project, every time you want changes done they’re likely to ask for additional fees, which means inconvenience on your part.
- Business – Whether you’re fixing the pipes in your lavatory, or making home decors, you can take your DIY projects to the next level. You can create a video blog to post instructional videos. You may also opt to sell your DIY projects.
- Warranty – Hiring contractors to do repair works in your house ensures you that, should the newly built structures be damaged, you can ask them for repair work because of a 1-year warranty.
- Materials – Long time and experienced contractors who have been in the field for years are likely to have connections, like suppliers and other sources where they can get discounted prices.
- Time – Doing the project yourself will require time and attention. If you have a day job, it will be difficult for you, as you’re likely to work only on your days off. Whereas hiring a contractor will save you time, and you’ll only need to check on the progress of the project from time-to-time.
So, are you ready to start your own DIY project, or have you decided to just hire a contractor? If you need more information, you can do further research. You’ll find a lot of resources on the Internet, and you can also ask friends for ideas.