The Pros And Cons of Hiring Professionals
In this day and age of technology, any average Joe can learn how to tackle a DIY (do-it-yourself) project by visiting sites like YouTube, Pinterest, and home renovation blogs. But you should ask yourself, is this something I can do well, or should I hire a professional to do it?
There are several pros and cons to hiring professionals that you need to consider versus doing it yourself. In this post, we’ll tackle of few of these good and bad to help you make the decision that’s best for you and your home.
- The elephant in the room: cost. Obviously it’s more expensive to hire professionals to do absolutely any job than it is to do it yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to shop around. A smart consumer will get at least two or three companies to provide quotes on the job. This ensures that you are not only getting the best value for your money, but that you aren’t just hiring the least expensive company (which sometimes translates into the worst job).
- There are a lot of scams out there. Be sure that you research a company or service provider thoroughly and get references before hiring them.
- Depending on the project, it might be a simple task that you can undertake yourself. Watching videos on YouTube, or following instructions will certainly make the project seem easier. You can also visit big box stores like Home Depot that offer DIY classes to help teach you how to tackle a few home projects on your own.
- Having a professional do the work will save you time. Because it is their job to install, or fix, or renovate (or whatever), you know they are efficient and they know what they are doing. (Note: the assumption is you’ve hired people who are actually professionals and not just someone off Craigslist.)
- As experts in their field, professionals can often let you know the latest trends in the industry (window washing, gutter cleaning, installations, renovations, etc.) and can give you the pros and cons of the variety of products out on the market.
- It’s safer to have professionals do the job. Whether it’s fixing your roof, changing your gutters, washing the windows on a three-story home, etc., these people know what they are doing and understand the risks involved. They are prepared (and insured) for this type of job. Are you?
- When you hire a company that is known in the industry for doing a great job and has a reputation to back that up, you can rest assured they will deliver. If you decide to take a project on yourself, you cannot be assured that you will do a great job, that what you are installing or building will actually be functional or that you have the right equipment and tools necessary.
- The reality is, a lot of projects require specialty tools that you just might not have. These tools can often be quite expensive and if you don’t use them enough, you won’t end up getting your money’s worth, and your so-called DIY project might end up costing way more than hiring a professional.
- Professionals will know the city by-laws and rules and know if you need certain permits to perform any structural changes or conduct any work. Not having this information on-hand could end up costing you time and money with officials handing down tickets and summons.