Planning on tackling your next construction project alone? It may seem like an excellent idea to do the job yourself, but it is really realistic and more importantly safe? Whether to go it alone or hire the help of a professional is a question many seasoned handymen ask themselves. How much are you prepared to do yourself and when it is worth paying for the professionals to oversee the project?
Below is some information on which construction projects can be done independently, as well as the ones that are best left to the pros.
Feel like your home needs structural repairs? This is certainly a job that requires professionals such as architects, contractors and even structural engineers, depending on the size of the job. You’ll also need professional lifting equipment, scaffolding and other tools and technology that’s just not available from the local hardware store. If you’re working on a house that was previously converted or renovated, or if the property is particularly old, then the chances are that as soon as you begin the project you’ll find something you’re not expecting. Hiring professional help for anything structural will ensure that whatever you find is dealt with in the safest, quickest and probably most effective way possible.
Sourcing and Buying Materials
Sourcing your own materials for a construction project is something you can usually do without any professional help. Choosing where you buy or hire certain materials, equipment and tools from means you know you’re getting the best price possible and that you’re not paying any more than you should be. Providing your own materials for a project also usually means you’ll only pay labour costs, which can help you keep project cost’s down to a minimum. If you do choose to source your own materials for your next construction project be sure to talk with any contractors you’re using to ensure you order the correct quantities and also that they get delivered at a time that fits with the project’s schedule.
Project Planning and Management
Construction projects take a lot of planning and although you may think this is something you can do yourself, you’re likely to be mistaken. Project planning is much more than simply scribbling down a ‘to do’ list, a professional will plan the whole project strategically, considering aspects such as cost and timeframes. Using an experienced architect or contractor to plan and manage your project will ensure the necessary checks have been made prior or project commencement. They’ll also have a range of contacts at their disposal and will, therefore, be able to negotiate a much better price for the overall project.
Demolishing cupboards and non-load-bearing walls or ripping out old appliances and cabinetry can be hard work, but it’s definitely something that you can do yourself. As mentioned above, anything structural should be strictly left to the professionals, but taking a sledgehammer to non-structural floors is a job that can be done by almost anyone. If you’re going to be taking on any light demolition jobs alone ensure you go carefully and use the right tools for the job. It’s also important to remember that what you think maybe a quick job could take much longer than expected so you may want to ask friends or family to lend a hand.
Tackling certain aspects of a construction project can be a great way to keep costs down. However, without professional help, the simplest of jobs could turn into a lengthy and expensive project if something goes wrong. Hopefully, the above information has given you more of an insight into what’s possible when it comes to DIY construction and which jobs should be completed by the professionals.