Should You Hire a Professional Renovator or Should You DIY?

Your home is your castle, but the castle needs some sprucing up. The moat is overflowing, the dungeon is leaking, and the siding? And your kingdoms coffers are running a bit low. Are you able to tackle the job yourself or do you need to engage a contractor? Before you decide which home improvement path to take, you need to consider a few factors.


You need to consider how much expertise you have. Even the rawest novice can handle some jobs with the help of a YouTube video and a large dose of patience, but if you have literally never picked up a screwdriver, you will need to begin with a modest task, such as replacing your rusted bathroom faucet or hanging a new curtain rod. If you have a little DIY home improvement experience, you can tackle progressively larger jobs, like replacing your living room carpet and adding new doors to your kitchen cabinets. Recognize that your limited experience makes installing a new bathtub or building a deck a bad idea.

Time and cost

Although some people truly love DIY work around the house, most people only attempt it because it saves money. Professional contractors are costly, and many people might have reservations about hiring contractors.On the other hand, major home improvement projects, such as finishing your kitchen, are a huge commitment for DIY lovers. Before you tackle a project,compile a schedule reflecting how much time you are going to spend on it during nights, weekends, etc. If you have the time and the knowledge, then go for it. You will save quite a lot of money while increasing the value of your home; but in the event that you don’t have the time and especially the knowledge, then you will need to hire a professional.


Certain jobs should not be attempted by amateurs, as they pose a safety risk. Homeowners should stay well away from electrical jobs, for instance. If you make a mistake with your wiring, the results could be catastrophic.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit: COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

For more information about POPI please visit our Privacy Policy page