There is a time and a place to DIY your home renovations - but more often than not you don't actually have the time to do it. Yes, the do it yourself way can save you a lot of money, but if you're a complete amateur there is a good chance that your DIY job won't last as long as a professional one, and you'll end up spending out anyway. So if you're not traveling down the route of buying the right materials and watching all the right YouTube videos, if you're not building up a DIY Pinterest board and searching junk shops for the right ‘antiques’ to reuse, how do you go about renovating your home?
The first thing you need to do is fund a contractor with the right credentials. See if anyone you trust can recommend someone to you, or find a company that has great reviews - like Guy Phoenix. If you're super busy and the job is a big one in the home, it's likely that you will have to leave them with a key - so you need to trust this stranger with your home. And the best way to make sure they are legit is if they have a proven track record. Plus you don't want to hire anyone who will cut corners on the job. If the renovation is for a piece of furniture you will need to take it or have it collected. Your piece of furniture will never look the same, so make sure the person doing the renovation will do a good job.
Quotes and payments
No matter the job in your home, the company will give you a quote for the job before starting. Experienced companies will normally be pretty spot on, but their might be extras that come up as they go. These things should be discussed with you and agreed by you before they go ahead. If you have a specific budget in mind, then let them know so that they can tailor their work to that budget. Once the work is done you will receive an invoice which is normally payable within 30 days, any different will be stated on the invoice.
You need to have a clear idea of what you want in mind. But if you're working to a budget be prepared to change that image depending on what can happen in reality. If you're reupholstering a chair, for example, you might have to change the fabric and trim in order to fit your budget. Still make that Pinterest board of you're desired looks and show it to the contractor. Remember that they are the experts and might tell you what you want just can't happen - like removing a wall that is actually a supporting wall.
Must have professionals
There are always going to be jobs that you should never attempt yourself - the two main ones are plumbing and electrics. You can cause so much damage, to yourself and the house, if you mess around with these areas. If your renovation include either of these two, then fork out the money and hire a professional.