Should You DIY or Not

You want to make your home look amazing before you put it on the market, but how do you know which DIY jobs you can tackle yourself, and which ones should you leave to the professionals? Here are some examples of things you can do on your own and a few that you should leave to the professionals.

Routine maintenance jobs

Seasonal landscaping, cleaning your gutters, and painting/repairing decks and fences are not terribly difficult jobs. Even if you aren’t sure how to clean your gutters or repair your deck, you can probably find a video on Youtube walking you through the process. In fact, online videos can walk you through a ton of small DIY tasks that you can do on your own.

Small plumbing jobs

If you have a toilet that needs to be replaced or you want to install a new faucet, you can probably do it by yourself with a little help from an online video or the advice of your local hardware store employees. However, if you have a bigger plumbing job, like plumbing in a whole new bathroom, you should leave it to the professionals.


If you want to rip out your old cabinets and have new ones installed, you can save yourself some money by tackling the demolition of the old ones yourself. The same is true for installing new countertops–the professionals should handle the installation, but you can start the process by ripping out the old in preparation for the new. Just be sure that you know what lies beneath whatever you’re removing, or you could wind up damaging your home in the process.

At the end of the day, whether or not you should tackle a DIY job depends on your level of skill and expertise. If you have the knowledge and ability to do renovations yourself, go for it. However, if you don’t really know what you’re doing, you could wind up costing yourself more money by trying to DIY, and you may even have to call in a professional to fix your efforts anyway.

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