When to DIY or call in a professional

If you’re looking to add value to your property or accommodate a new layout for living, renovating is often the way forward. Before you get started, you will need to review your budget. How much you have to spend will help you decide what you can comfortably afford to renovate and whether a professional can be part of the question.

Most people are handy with a paintbrush or can extend their skill set to install tiles, but it takes confidence or experience to give a full renovation a go without hiring a professional.

Hiring a professional comes at an additional cost to the materials you’ll need, but they also bring experience and tools with them to get the job done properly. If you decide to DIY then you should allocate room in your budget for extra materials you may need whilst you learn on the job. We recommend reading up on top tips and how-to guides to make sure you’re feeling up to the challenge before starting too.

Usually first-time-DIYers don’t quite get a wall or floor perfectly flat, and, although that’s part of the experience, if you’re not prepared for slight imperfections then a professional is likely to be the right road for you.

There are a few projects that are always better left to hiring a professional:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Electrics

If you’re looking to take out an internal wall to create an open plan space, you need to know if the wall is load-bearing or non-load bearing. A load-bearing wall supports the foundation of the house, such as the roof or the floor to the above. If you take out this wall without a professional, it could have dramatic effects on your property.

Here are a few projects you can dive into to add value to your property.