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When should you call in a Professional?

Written by Mark March
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Emboldened.
That is how many DIY media sources make us feel when we consider tackling a home improvement project in our kitchen or bathroom. Our courage and confidence grows exponentially when we watch a home improvement show or search the web for tips and tricks, and say  “I can do that!”  However, it may be best to reach out to industry professionalsto have the job done properly.
   Some projects are fairly simple, and based upon your skills are an easy weekend task. Let’s consider some reasons to call in the pros.

1. Experience.
I personally believe this is the most important tool in the toolbox. It is great to venture off on that big job, but there is a decent chance that your DIY project will become a DIW (Do It Wrong) project.

2. Time Investment.
There is something to be said for getting the project done in a timely manner.  Sometimes the money that we save in doing it ourselves is gobbled up by the amount of time it took us to complete it.  All of our time is valuable, so evaluate if the savings are worth your time.

3. Special tools.
There is the right tool for every job.  The more complicated the project, the more intricate the tools of the trade become. Will you need to invest in tools that would only be used once?

4. Specialized knowledge. 
Many projects require permits and licenses to repair or replace plumbing, electrical and mechanical items in your home. Also, many professional contractors attend countless hours of training to install products properly so the manufacturer’s warranty is honored.
    We all want to save money where possible, and we often think that doing it ourselves is the cheapest way with the same finished results. After adding up all the costs, which include materials, tools, physical labor and time, are we really saving money?
    After all the evaluation of costs versus savings of hiring a professional is done, and you decide to go the professional route, consider these steps before hiring a pro: get several estimates, ask for references, ensure the contractors have proper insurances and licenses, and choose one that you like – follow your instincts.  

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