Professional vs. DIY: How to Choose - Lauren Stratton Realty

Professional vs. DIY: How to Choose

When it comes to repairs and projects within your home, Pinterest boards make it look easy. However, there are some things that you should hire a professional for and others that you can handle on your own, which leads to the inevitable debate: Professional vs. DIY? If you aren’t very handy, crafty, or creative, this dilemma can often be solved with one answer – hire a professional. However, even natural do-it-yourself kinds of people find themselves wondering which route is the best. Here are some things to consider that can help you find the perfect option for all of your projects.

Professional vs. DIY: How to Choose - bhgrelife.com1. Evaluate Your Skills

Before starting any home improvements or repairs, the first thing you need to consider is your skills. You may have all the willpower in the world, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a job will be done properly. You also want to ask yourself if you have the energy and time to take on the project. If not, hiring a professional can get the job done well and in a timely manner. However, if you have the skills required, will enjoy the task, and have time to do it, then some do-it-yourself action may be the better option.

Professional vs. DIY: How to Choose - bhgrelife.com2. Consider the Costs

The cost of repairs and home improvements is likely what got you in this dilemma in the first place. Do-it-yourself projects tend to be significantly more affordable, as you don’t have to pay labor costs. However, if the job goes poorly, you could end up spending more money just to get it fixed. Furthermore, you also want to consider that contractors can usually purchase materials at a lower cost than you can, and they already have all the tools needed. On the other hand, tools can be rented or borrowed from friends. So jot down those numbers, and see what price is more reasonable for the specific task. Additionally, you’ll want to get multiple quotes if you do decide to hire a professional.

Professional vs. DIY: How to Choose - bhgrelife.com3. Determine All Elements

Determining whether a professional is needed or if you can complete the job on your own should be based on a wide range of decisions. Much more comes into play than just money – research, time, shopping, and physical labor are just a few. All should be considered equally. You will also want to consider what type of repair you’ll need. If there is a plumbing issue in your only bathroom, you may not want to go without plumbing for several days while you take on a do-it-yourself project. A contractor that can be in and out is likely a much more reasonable option.


There are many different factors that need to be considered when determining whether a professional is needed, or if you can handle the task on your own. DIY projects can be an affordable option, but they can also result in significantly higher costs if the job is not done properly. Furthermore, DIY projects come with the cost of materials (often at retail price), purchase or rental of equipment, and valuable time that you can’t get back. Depending on the home improvement or repair needed, it may also be completely unrealistic for you to hire a professional if you have the skillset and time required. At the end of the day, it comes down to preference and the kind of project that is at hand. These careful considerations will help you determine what the best option is for you.

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