House Renovations: DIY or Pro?


It’s a fine line regarding what can be called a do-it-yourself project and what necessitates the services of a specialist contractor – and the response varies depending on who you ask. I’ve seen a few people who can handle big design projects on their own, and others who can hardly fix a door handle without breaking it.

Working on a DIY home renovation project can be a fantastic way to save money, but if you don’t do it correctly and effectively, it could end up costing you much more in the long run. Know the boundaries and when to call in the experts.

What Are the Legal Consequences of Do-It-Yourself Renovations?

You can do almost any kind of construction in your own home for as long as you have all of the requisite permits and approvals, but in most jurisdictions, you can’t technically do the same stuff in someone else’s home. This is also a helpful way to decide what types of jobs can be done by a specialist in your house – if you aren’t legally able to do it in someone else’s home, you certainly shouldn’t do it in yours.

Municipal permits are typically necessary for renovators to do the following:

  • roofing and siding
  • drywalling, bricklaying, and foundation waterproofing

If you know what you’ve been doing, you can possibly do these tasks safely at home. But always employ a third party like capital building  to make sure it’s done correctly.

Other occupations that necessitate the use of a licensed tradesperson include:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Structural adjustments
  • HVAC

These are occupations that I strongly discourage anyone from attempting on their own. If you do these jobs wrong, you endanger yourself and your home.

Evaluate the Project

Before determining whether to employ a contractor or tackle a project on your own, consider the following factors: capacity, expense, and time.


Be realistic with yourself on your capabilities and avoid being overly confident. Simply because there is a YouTube clip demonstrating you how to do it does not imply that you have the necessary ability to accomplish the task efficiently and safely.

The Price

When you take on a DIY project, you’ll find that the cost is typically lower because you’re not paying for labour. Bear in mind, though, that contractors often buy supplies at a cheaper rate than single owners and if they make any errors, you will be required to pay to correct them. While doing the math, keep these variables in mind and still leave room for error.


When it gets, to time there are two things to consider. What is the value of your effort, and how soon do you need this project completed? Doing a project of your own would most likely take some time and divert your attention away from other things you’d rather be doing.

Hiring a specialist will almost certainly cost you more money, but it will almost certainly expedite the completion of your project and almost 90% of the time you don’t have to worry about the quality.