Homeowner Resources: How to Select Professional Services

Whether you turn to a professional for projects you need done or do the work yourself depends on three key factors.

  1. Do you have the experience to complete a particular project?  Some projects are easier to learn than others.  However, if you don’t have the training or education in electrical wiring or plumbing, you may be better off leaving these projects to the pros.  

    A professional will know all the ins and outs of the trade so you’ll have a better chance of getting the desired end result.  Although you may spend more money upfront, you just might save more cash in the long run by avoiding costly mistakes.

  2. Do you have the proper tools of the trade to complete the project?  Some tools may be required to do a job.  Other tools may not be necessary, but can make a project go a lot faster and easier.

    But, purchasing tools can get pricey.  And if you don’t know how to use them safely, you risk injury to yourself or damage to your home.

  3. Do you have the time to invest in completing the project?  Many homeowners underestimate the time needed to complete a project.  Or, they may get interrupted by life’s events and the job can drag on.  A one weekend do-it-yourself project can easily become a never-ending job.

    If the project is urgent, hiring a professional should be given serious consideration.  If the job isn’t an emergency and you can take your time, you should still think carefully whether you want to make the time investment.  Life has a way of planting obstacles in front of even the most motivated do-it-yourselfer!

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