Know when you need a pro, and when you can do it yourself

when you need a proThe key to getting a project done, like kitchen renovations, is to know when you need a pro and when you can do the job yourself. Even on larger commercial projects this is a consideration. There is work that can be done by the main contractor’s crew, and work they need specialized contractors for. Deciding when you need professional help can be tricky; it isn’t just about making sure work that requires a license is done by them. Here are 3 things to consider when deciding what you should do, and when you should call a pro.

1- Does it require a licensed contractor to pass inspection?

Most states regulate that things like plumbing, electrical and even in some states floor registers have to be installed by a licensed professional. That said, there are also some types of plumbing and electrical projects that you are allowed to do without a license. Even if you have the knowledge, skill and experience to do the licensed work – but not the license – don’t do it, just like driving or worse being under the influence while drive, we don’t want to have to be calling our nearest DUI attorney Denver now do we? Not having a licensed professional sign off on the work can negatively impact your home value later.

2- Do you really have the right tools for the job?

Yes, you can put up the stud wall for your new addition but what are you going to do all the cutting and nailing with? There is a reason that contractors have specialized power tools. Renting or buying your own may seem like a good idea, but in the end it could cost you more money than hiring someone with the right tools to do it for you. For example, you can nail into concrete to set a stud with a hammer; but using a power nail gun makes the job go quicker and secures the stud better. If this is the only stud wall you are putting up, renting or buying a nail gun doesn’t make sense.

3- What’s the level of risk?

The best example of this is cleaning gutters or doing any light roof repair. It may not be a technically difficult job, and it may not require specialized tools – but can you afford the risk involved? Professionals have skill and experience. They can keep themselves safe in high risk tasks. If you don’t have the skill, you could wind up with a whole new set of problems if you fall off the roof. Professionals have safety equipment and safety rules that let them do a job well and with minimum risk.