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Home Reno 101: The Pros On Hiring A Pro

Whether giving the house a complete make-over with a renovation or adding a few upgrades, homeowners are faced with the challenge of choosing between tackling the task themselves or relying on expert assistance. For many, it is tempting to do it all yourself and learn as you go, while also saving some funds. Although keeping a low renovating budget can be beneficial, there are plenty of jobs that would need professional help as they may be too dangerous to undertake and require formal training. In addition to ensuring your health and safety, a failed DIY project can be even more costly and time-consuming to repair. Alternatively, you can still contribute by taking on a few minor DIY jobs and beginning the prep work. Here are some of our tips when contemplating whether to DIY or call a pro…

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There are some DIY options to consider but it is important to be well-prepared and plan ahead. Before getting started, make sure to take everything that you’ll need into consideration and have an allocated time for each task. Especially, when it comes to working out how the necessary equipment and materials will fit within your renovating budget.

For instance, you can clean the walls, fill holes and even hang the wallpaper on your own if you’re wanting to get a head start with painting. You could also easily take on minor maintenance tasks such as repairing door hinges, damaged tiles or fixing up a patchy lawn. With some minor landscaping jobs, you can put your skills to the test by building some garden beds or setting up a footpath. However, it is essential to check that you’re adhering to the local council’s rules on height and size restrictions.

Staying Safe
For a handful of critical jobs, you would definitely have to get into contact and hire professionals who have lengthy experience rather than opting to do it on your own, placing yourself at risk. It is best to avoid the possibility of going beyond the renovating budget due to an injury or having to pay an expensive fine. When it comes to working on the home electrical system, it is best to leave it to electricians who are used to dealing with live electric currents and are knowledgeable about installing powerpoints or repairing light switches. On the other hand, fixing up air conditioners and refrigerators need specific training particularly when handling chemical refrigerants that can be toxic.

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Expert Help
By enlisting the help of experts, you’ll be able to ensure the quality of the job for the overall house and gain advice that can assist you in the long run. With the home’s plumbing, a licensed plumber should be called when dealing with the intricate systems of roof plumbing, the drainage system and including gas fitting work.

You would also have to utilise the expertise of a licensed builder regarding structural work such as, knocking down walls and adding decks or pergolas. They are able to make sound decisions on load-bearing walls, measurements and where to place additional features.  While it is easy to prioritise cutting costs on the renovating budget, it is also vital to keep clear from putting yourself in harm’s way. There are professionals available who have been specifically trained to offer guidance and assistance throughout the whole process.

Thinking of starting your own renovation project? Our team at iBuildNew can help you! Contact us on 1300 943 640 or for free assistance in finding a builder.

Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Arts. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests for property and design grew and have become her strong pursuit.


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