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To DIY or not to DIY: the home improvement dilemma

With so many binge-worthy home renovation series available on streaming services right now, it seems like we’re all taking intensive home & décor classes. A few seasons in and you’re already feeling like a professional ready to take on the most difficult home improvements projects you can think of. It’s no wonder so many people are gearing up for big renovations around the house, confident they’ll do a great job, regardless of the challenges.

But the truth is, there’s a big difference between feeling like an expert and actually being one. Revamping your bathroom or giving your kitchen a face-lift might look easy from your cozy spot in front of the TV, until you try to do it yourself and you realize you don’t know what you’re doing. Then you start wondering why you ever thought a DIY project would be a good idea.

We don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but unless you’re a professional or you have some experience with home renovations, chances are your DIY home project will turn into a disaster. If you don’t believe us, we’ll give you 7 good reasons why in most cases DIY projects are not worth it.

Lack of experience

Before you get down to business, you’ll probably ask yourself how hard it can be to complete a basic home improvement project. We’re going to answer this question for you: if you have zero experience in the field it’s going to be very hard, probably much harder than you imagine. If you’ve never done anything like that before, you won’t have the know-how and the skills to do things the right way.

These projects imply more than choosing a nice color palette, some furniture and appliances. You’ll also need the right expertise and tools to put everything together in a way that’s both aesthetically appealing and functional. You might be able to finish the job, but you probably won’t be able to achieve the quality of work you were hoping for.

Too much stress

From coming up with a plan, to buying materials and supplies, managing your budget and doing the actual work, a DIY project can easily become an overwhelming endeavor. Things would be much easier if you had all the time you needed to complete the project, and you knew exactly what you had to do in order to get the results you wanted. But when you’re no Joana Gaines, and you have other things to do that also require time and effort, like a full-time job, you’ll regret not hiring a specialist to get everything done.

So why would you start a DIY project if you’re going to hate every minute of it and end up completely exhausted? Leaving it to a professional makes a lot more sense, if you look at things from this perspective.

A mistake magnet

What happens when you’re not 100% sure how things work when taking on a home improvement project? The answer is simple: mistakes happen, a lot of them. Now that might not be such a big problem if you would be able to remediate the situation fast and simple, without much hassle.

Unfortunately, when you start on this path, one mistake leads to another and before you even know it you’re tangled up in a web of errors and bad decisions, struggling to salvage the situation. Yes, you will learn from your mistakes, but will it be worth it? An expert would get the job done right the first time, so you won’t have to worry about unpleasant surprises.

From cutting costs to going over budget

Every DIY project, no matter how big or small, requires some financial investment. Obviously, complex renovations or extensive repairs require a bigger budget than minor improvements, but you still have to spend money either way. One of the reasons people decide to take the DIY route, apart from thinking it will be a fun experience, is because they’re hoping to save some money in the process. But we’ve already talked about the countless mistakes you risk making when you take matters into your own hands. Those mistakes translate into extra costs, so chances are you’ll end up spending more money than you would if you’d choose to hire a professional for the project.

Safety first

Since we’re talking about mistakes, you know what else they can lead up to? Plenty of accidents and injuries. And we’re not talking about bruises and scratches here. You can get seriously wounded if you’re not careful, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, like buying and using faulty equipment, you’d be able to file a compensation claim for it, and you’d have resources like to help you navigate the claim process.

But if you get injured because you were reckless and ignored all precautions and safety measures, you’ll have to deal with the consequences on your own. That could mean a long recovery process and significant financial loss, all because of a little DIY project gone wrong.

It’s going to be a mess

When we say it’s going to be a mess, we mean that quite literally. No matter how careful you are and how much of an effort you make to keep things clean and tidy, mess is inevitable. You should ask yourself if you’re willing to put up with a messy and chaotic house for as long as your DIY project will take to be completed, and if you’re ready for a long and tedious cleaning process. If you don’t find the prospect too appealing, you might want to hire a team of experienced contractors that will leave the place spotless once they’re done.

We all have limits

Let’s be honest here. DIY home improvements are not for everyone. Before you start such a project you should take a moment and reflect on your situation and possibilities. Do you have enough time, resources, the energy and physical capacity it takes to successfully complete the project you have in mind? We all have limits, so you’ll have to consider yours. If you can’t answer “yes” to all of these questions, a DIY project is probably not a good idea for you.